Over 7,000 security personnel have been deployed for the re-polls to the Tripura West Lok Sabha seat slated to be held on Sunday, a top police official said on Saturday.
The Election Commission (EC) decided to conduct the re-polls in 168 polling stations in 26 Assembly segments as electoral malpractices were found during voting in the first phase of the ongoing general elections on April 11.
Over 7,000 paramilitary forces and Tripura State Rifles (TSR) troopers have been deployed in and around the 168 polling stations in four districts,” an official told . However, Returning Officer (RO) of the Tripura West Lok Sabha seat Vikas Singh told that inside the 168 polling stations only the paramilitary troopers were deployed.
An EC official said that around 925 polling personnel besides 168 each of sector officers and micro observers, have reached the polling stations.
Meanwhile, the opposition Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and Congress are seeking directions from the Supreme Court against the EC’s decision to hold re-polling in only 168 polling stations, instead of in the entire constituency.