Feb 1 2013, 2:20am CST | by Luigi Lugmayr
The contestants include independents as well as representatives of 16 political parties including the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).
Of the 251, 14 are women and 25 are independents. In 2008, 313 candidates, including 18 women, contested.
Altogether 296 candidates had filed nominations. Thirty nominations were rejected due to various reasons and 15 candidates withdrew their candidature, Chief Electoral Officer Ashutosh Jindal told reporters here.
Thursday was the last date for withdrawing nominations.
Jindal said: "For the first time in Tripura four all-women polling stations will be set up to conduct the elections."
Jindal announced several steps to hold a free and fair election.
Two other northeastern states, Meghalaya and Nagaland, will go to the polls Feb 23.
Over 20,000 personnel would be deployed to conduct the elections in 3,018 polling stations in Tripura.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, her son and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and the chief ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur are likely to campaign in Tripura.
Luigi is the founding Chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Luigi posts regularly on LuigiMe.com about his experience running I4U.
blog comments powered by Disqus