New Delhi: Over 32.06% polling was recorded till 11 am in the ongoing polling for 60 assembly seats in Tripura, the Election Commission (EC) said on Thursday.

The state recorded a 13.69% voter turnout till 9 am. The voting process started at 7 am and will continue till 4 pm. As per the latest data shared by the Election Commission, Dhalai recorded the highest at 33.92%, Gomati saw 30.57%, Khowai at 30.88%, North Tripura was logged at 29.48%, Sepahijala at 31.72%, South Tripura saw 33.61%, Unakoti saw 31.85% and West Tripura at 33.18%.

The fate of 259 candidates will be decided in the ongoing polling for 60 assembly seats. The polls this year will see a triangular contest, with the Congress-CPM fighting in alliance and the Trinamool Congress also fielding candidates in several seats. The Tipra Motha, an alliance of regional outfits, is the dark horse in the ongoing election and could emerge as the kingmaker in the event of a hung Assembly.

The BJP has declared candidates for 55 assembly seats, leaving the remaining five seats for its ally, the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT).

The Left-Congress alliance declared candidates for all 60 seats. According to Election Commission, there are over 28.14 lakh registered voters this year of which 14,15,233 are men, 13,99,289 are women and 62 belong to the third gender.

Polling is underway in a total of 3,337 polling stations. Adequate security arrangements have been made with 97 all-women police stations for polling. 94,815 voters are in the age group of 18-19 while 6,21,505 are in the age group of 22-29. The maximum number of voters is 9,81,089 in the age group of 40-59.

A total of 259 candidates across parties are fray for the ongoing Assembly polls.

Tripura is the first state to go to polls this year, while polling for the Nagaland and Meghalaya Assemblies will be held on February 27.

Elections are to be held in five more states this year before the Lok Sabha elections in 2024.

By Archana

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