ECI committed to ensure free and fair poll in Tripura: CEC Rajiv Kumar

Amid the allegation of ‘massive poll violence’ and ‘deterioration of law and order situation’ in Tripura by the opposition political parties, the Election Commission of India (ECI), Thursday said that the commission is ‘committed and duty-bound’ to ensure free and fair elections in Tripura.

The Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar, while addressing a press conference here at Agartala on Thursday stressed on the commission's ‘Mission Zero Poll Violence’ and said that the commission has taken all arrangements to allow voters to join the ‘festival of democracy’. Adequate central forces will be deployed in all the polling stations across the state during the day of polling to ensure that the election is held in a free and fair manner.

“We want to make sure that elections in Tripura are also conducted peacefully and in a fair and transparent manner. Keeping in mind the security aspect there will be a three-tier security, comprising both central and state police and other security agencies,” CEC told reporters.

He said, “We had a detailed discussion of the election process with the Chief Secretary, DGP, representatives of all the political parties, DMs, SPs and enforcement agencies during the two days.”

He described Tripura as the state of rich cultural history and said, “We want that culture to prevail, so we are trying our best to make the elections peaceful.”

The CEC further said that central observers would also be made part of the process for deployment of central forces to address the apprehension of partiality in deployment. "Besides, in all booths, a central government employee would be deployed as a micro-observer to avoid the possibility of partiality to anyone," Kumar said.

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