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75-80% pc turnout despite threats

However, the Election Commission has received complaints of rigging and booth-capturing in many areas of the Tripura state.

india Updated: Feb 27, 2003 12:08 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

An average 75 to 80 per cent votes were cast on Wednesday in the election to the 60-member Tripura Assembly, according to official sources.

The sources said that about 80 per cent votes were cast in West and South Tripura districts while around 75 per cent of the electorate exercised their franchise in Dhalai and North Tripura districts.

A spokesman for the CPI-M, Gautam Das, alleged that activists of the Congress-Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura alliance had "rigged" elections in the entire Takarjala constituency and in 11 booths of different constituencies of the state.

The CPI-M demanded re-polling in the Takarjala constituency and in 11 booths of different constituencies.

The AICC observer for Tripura poll, Washim Ahmed, said that they had demanded re-polling in 30 booths in 70 constituencies, alleging that CPI-M activists "rigged" those booths.

The police, however, said it had no report of attack on Reang.

First Published: Feb 26, 2003 18:49 IST