Agartala, Jan 20: Ahead of the February 18 polls, more than 230 officials, including 10 returning officers, besides police, have been transferred in Tripura to comply with the poll panel’s orders, an official stated here on Saturday.
In total 180 police officials, 58 civil administration officials, including 10 returning officers, have been transferred since last week in the state, following the Election Commission’s (EC) orders and the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).
The poll panel enforced MCC on Thursday.
On late Friday night, 58 civil administration officials were transferred and asked to join their new postings within 24 hours, news agency IANS quoted an Election official was saying.
Out of the 58, other than the 10 returning officers, six were sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs).
Prior to this, last week the Tripura Police Authority transferred 180 police officers, including 20 Officers-in-Charge (OCs) of police stations and 29 Deputy Superintendent of Police rank officers.
Tripura Chief Electoral Officer Sriram Taranikanti stated that altogether 40 all-women polling stations would be set up in 40 of the 60 assembly constituencies in eight districts of the state.
“This is the first time in Tripura that so many polling stations would be set up for exclusive deployment of women polling staffs,” the official told the media persons.
Voting will take place in 3,214 polling stations across Tripura.
A two-member EC team led by Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain held a slew of meetings with senior officials, including Director General of Police Akhil Kumar Sukhla, since Thursday and reviewed the poll preparations.
The EC team, which visited all the eight districts during the last three days, left here on Saturday for the national capital.