Tribune News Service
New Delhi, 25 November
The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to provide two additional companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) to guard every polling booth during the Tripura municipal elections, which were held today by the opposition TMC and CPI(M). ) started after Allegations of alleged violence and intimidation of voters by ruling BJP supporters.
“We direct the Union Home Ministry to make available additional two companies of CAPFs at the earliest, keeping in view the fact that the polling has already started and to secure the polling stations so that the polling takes place without any May cause disturbance or disorder,” said the bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud.
It ordered the State Election Commission, Tripura’s DGP and the state home secretary to ensure that all 770 polling stations have adequate numbers of Central Armed Police Force personnel to “ensure free and fair elections”.
“In view of the emerging situation, we also order and direct that in the absence of CCTV cameras, both electronic and print media should have uninterrupted access for complete reporting and coverage of elections,” the top court said.
It asked the Tripura DGP and the state home secretary to review whether there is any additional need for further deployment and if so, inform the same to the MHA. The CAPF personnel will be deployed to guard the ballot boxes till the counting of votes is done on November 28.
75 percent voting recorded in municipal elections
- As of 4 pm, 75.04 per cent of over 4.93 lakh voters exercised their franchise for the elections to 14 municipal bodies in Tripura.
- Allegations of political violence were leveled by opposition party workers, even as the ruling party’s cadre denied the claim
- State Election Commission officials said no clashes or voting machine-related problems were reported from the polling areas.