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Lok Sabha polls in Tripura (East) postponed, EC says law and order situation poor

Election Commission of India said that elections in Tripura (East) will take place on April 23 instead of April 18 as "The law and order situation ... is not conducive..."

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New Delhi Updated on: April 16, 2019 23:20 IST
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The Election Commission Tuesday announced the postponement of voting in the Tripura (East) Lok Sabha seat to the third phase on April 23. Elections were supposed to take place in Tripura on April 18. The ECI said that the law-and-order situation in Tripura was not conducive for holding free and fair elections.

Citing reports of state chief electoral officer and special police observer, the poll panel said, "The law and order situation prevailing ... is not conducive to the holding of free and fair poll."

The returning officer had feared that "miscreant elements" may thwart the polling process in the constituency. Based on the ground and intelligence reports, he had requested for additional central police force.

Polling will now be held on April 23 (Tuesday) by which time the law-and-order situation in the constituency would improve and become "conducive to the holding of free and fair election", the EC said.

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