Tripura HC asks election commission to categorise polling stations

Agartala: The High Court of Tripura today asked the state election commission to categorise the polling stations to ensure that urban local bodies elections are conducted in a free and fair manner across the state.
The CPIM candidate Nikunja Debnath had filed a writ petition which was taken up by the High Court today around 2 pm by a specially constituted bench comprising Justices Subhasish Talapatra and SG Chattopadhyay.

After hearing counsel for the petitioner and the state representative advocate general and advocate D Bhattacharya appearing for the state election commission the Court remarked that the petition contained wide ranging allegations regarding large scale violence and as well as apprehension of breach of peace.

The petitioner demanded that under the situation free and fair elections were not possible without taking special measures like installation of CCTV cameras and giving protection to all political workers of the state belonging to various parties among others.

The Court said that it would not comment on the allegation made by the CPIM candidate and directed that the SEC being the appropriate form it should review the security prospective booth wise as well the security requirement as requirement booth wise. If necessary the SEC may categorise the polling  stations in sensitive, very sensitive or whatever it feels and it should give notification at least 24 hours before the polling date.

The HC also said that the CPIM may file representation to the SEC and the authority will take all measures so that  there is no failure in mechaniarry and the elections can be conducted properly.