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Tripura records 92 percent turnout, polling peaceful

Polling to elect a new assembly in the Left-ruled Tripura ended peacefully Thursday with more than 92 percent voters casting their ballots.

‘Over 92 percent of the 23.5 lakh (2.35 million) voters have cast their votes across the state,’ said Chief Electoral Officer Ashutosh Jindal.

He said the percentage might still go jup after reports on the day's balloting arrive from all over the state. Jindal said people were still standing in queues outside polling stations even after the time to vote ended at 4 p.m.

Voters in large numbers queued up well before polling started at 7 a.m. New voters and women appeared the most enthusiastic across the state. Tripura recorded around 92 percent polling in the last assembly elections held in 2008.

According to Jindal, except one or two small incidents, the voting passed off peacefully with no major incident reported from anywhere in the north-eastern state, which shares a 856-km border with Bangladesh.

The ballots will be counted 28 Feb and decide the electoral fate of 249 candidates, including 15 women and many Independents, in the fray. Political parties also expressed happiness over the heavy voter turnout and the peaceful polling.

Inspector General of Police Nepal Das said that except for an incident in Khowai, 85 km west of here, no major incident was reported from anywhere.

The situation was completely peaceful in the extremist-dominated areas too, he said.
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