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EC team reviews poll preparations in Tripura

CEC AK Joti along with senior members of the Election Commission in Agartala on Tuesday. – Correspondent
 AGARTALA, Nov 28 - A high-level team of Election Commission headed by CEC AK Joti on Tuesday arrived here to review the preparations for holding next year’s Assembly elections.

 On the first day, the EC team heard the views of the political parties, including CPI (M), BJP and Congress.

The BJP has demanded preparations of error-free photo electoral rolls for the 60 Assembly Constituencies of the State by using Global Positioning System (GPS).

The Election Commission had conducted revision of electoral rolls of a booth under Banamalipur Assembly segment in which it appeared around 12 per cent voters are ‘fake’.

“That’s why we demanded electoral rolls must be prepared by using the GPS before the Election Commission team”, said BJP spokesman Dr Ashok Sinha after a meeting.

“We made a point that if electoral rolls are not error-free, there is no point of conducting Assembly elections. True mandate will be possible when the electoral rolls are proper and we will stick to that”, he told the media. On the other hand, the ruling CPI (M) has lodged specific complaints before the team against the ‘main Opposition’ BJP.

As per the schedule, a three-member team of the CPI (M) headed by party’s central committee member Gautam Das met the Election Commission team and complained against BJP’s ploy to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere.

“We told the CEC that the BJP has been playing a dirty game to destabilize the peace which is a pre-condition of holding free-and-fair elections”, Das said. After getting feedback from the political parties, the EC team begun discussions with the senior State Government officials.

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