74% polling in Tripura Assembly elections

74% polling in Tripura Assembly polls
More than 74 percent of the 25.43 lakh electors exercised their franchise till 4 pm in 59 of the 60 constituencies in the Tripura Legislative Assembly which went to the polls today, official sources said.
Polling in one constituency -- Charilam (ST) -- has been postponed to March 12 following the death of one candidate.
The day passed off peacefully, with no major untoward incident reported from any of the constituencies, the sources said. The final voting percentage is likely to go up further as more information comes in, they said.
There were a total of 292 candidates, including 20 women, in the fray in the 59 constituencies. The Election Commission had set up 3174 polling stations in these constituencies.
A total of 31,402 polling personnel and more than 29,700 police personnel, including Central police forces, were deployed to ensure a free and fair poll. 
The ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) -- the major constituent of the ruling Left Front -- is contesting 56 seats while its allies -- RSP, Forward Bloc and CPI -- are contesting one seat each.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which forged a pre-poll alliance with the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT), a tribal outfit, has fielded 51 candidates. The IPFT is contesting the remaining seats.
The Congress, which has decided to go it alone, has fielded candidates for all but one of the seats in the Assembly -- Kakrabon in Gomati district.
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