Final publication of Tripura electoral roll uncertain

Agartala: Uncertainty looms large over final publication of electoral roll, which was scheduled to be published on January 12, 2013 with the fresh allegation of inclusion of fake and ineligible voters in the list ahead of assembly election.

Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee President Sudip Roy Barman told UNI over phone from Delhi that a five-member congress delegation led by AICC legal cell chief K C Mittal met full bench of Election Commission yesterday and held detailes discussion on the issue. “We have produced as many as 7000 fake and illegal names in the electoral roll yesterday before the commission even after second round revision of the process along with several phases of visits of EC observers and we demanded to ensure of holding election with error free voter list,” Roy Barman said.

He, however, alleged that the ruling Left Front had mobilised administration to manipulate the electoral roll by including Bangladeshi names, multiple entry of a single voter in different constituencies and underage in the list just to ensure the victory. “The EC had made an effort to scrutinise all of our allegations in first phase in last month and it established the malpractices in electoral roll and during observers inspections even the electoral roll had about 10-15 per cent illegal names on the eve of final publication which sought and intervention,” maintained Mr Roy Barman.

“However, EC has assured us to hold election with error free roll and soon another team of the commission would conduct enquiry into the allegations,” he stated adding that the commission wondered over the facts and circumstances in Tripura.

Meanwhile, CPI (M) MP Sitaram Yeachuri and Khagen Das yesterday called on EC and alleged that Congress party was forging conspiracy to delay the election by producing baseless complaints and demanded to hold election in February.

“Congress was trying to delay the process of publication of final electoral roll so that the term of the House expires and the state comes under President’s rule,” Khagen Das said adding that the motive emerged clearly from the frivolous complaints being lodged by the Congress and the schedule being worked out by the Election Commission, but the conspiracy would not succeed. (UNI)