The by-election in Boxanagar and Dhanpur Assembly constituencies in Tripura’s Sepahijala District began at 7 AM on Tuesday, and concluded peacefully with an impressive 83 percent voter turnout by 4 PM.
Dr. Vishal Kumar, the District Election Officer, reported that the voter turnout in the Boxanagar assembly constituency reached 85.23 percent, while in Dhanpur, it stood at 81.56 percent by 4 PM.
Dr. Vishal Kumar, who is also the District Magistrate of Sepahijala district said, “By 1 pm, approximately 60 percent of the voting process has been smoothly conducted across the entire state.
Voting has been completed at all 110 polling stations, and it is quite probable that the overall voter turnout will surpass 85 percent.”
He added, “Despite the intense heat, polling stations maintained a relatively peaceful atmosphere. However, during the morning hours, there was a significant influx of voters at all polling stations.”
Responding to queries about EVMs and VVPATs, the District Election Officer said, “At the beginning of the voting process, we received four reports of technical issues with EVMs and VVPATs. Fortunately, all of these problems were promptly resolved, which allowed uninterrupted voting.”
Kumar further said, “An episode of election-related violence occurred in the Taibandal area, a tribal area of the Dhanpur assembly constituency. During a confrontation between two groups, two individuals sustained minor injuries.”
Apart from a few isolated incidents in certain segments of both constituencies, there are no reports of widespread booth seizure or violence.
15 units of Central Armed Forces were deployed to maintain law and order.