Tripura poll panel postpones tribal council election to April 6

The state election commission has actually delayed a Tripura district council poll by 2 days to April 6, following objections by some political parties and a body of the Christian community to the earlier date which coincided with Easter Sunday The election to the 30-member Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) was earlier scheduled on April 4.

“A number of representations were received from political celebrations and other organisations of the state, requesting the commission to alter the date of survey,” state election commission secretary Prasenjit Bhattacharjee said in a notification released on Friday.

He said it was given the notice of the survey panel that voting on April 4 would be bothersome for a big area of individuals for whom this day holds unique significance as it coincides with Easter Sunday.Considering the local significance of Eastern Sunday, polling for the self-governing tribal administrative body will be held on April 6, he said.The results will be revealed on April 10. According to the 2011 Census report, Christians represent 4.35 percent of the state’s population.The United Christan Forum for Human being Rights had actually challenged the council election date on April 4 and requested the commission to change it.The opposition CPI(M) and the Congress had likewise opposed versus the state election commission’s decision to hold the polling on Easter Sunday.Left body Ganamukti Parishad president Jitendra Chaudhury had published on a social media website that Easter Sunday is on April 4, which is a big day for Christians and the commission must not have chosen the date for the ADC polling.State Congress vice president Tapas Dey said the election date need to be postponed as it coincided with a festival.Altogether 8,65,041 citizens are qualified to exercise their franchise across 1,244 polling stations in the district council election.Polling would start at 7 am and continue till 9 pm.Altogether 185 candidates of various parties, consisting of the ruling BJP and its ally Indigenous Individuals’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), the Left Front, the Congress and the Native Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA), have filed their nominations.The last date of filing nominations was on Friday.The analysis of the documents would be completed by March 15. The TTAADC constitute a two-third area of the state territory and is home to tribals, who form one-third of Tripura’s estimated 40 lakh population.

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