The number of candidates has substantially lessened during the current State Assembly elections compared to 2008, despite the steady rise of voters in Tripura. Even women candidates have not touched the halfway-mark of the previous elections.

According to Chief Electoral Officer Ashutosh Jindal, 235 candidates are in the fray after expiry of withdrawal, as opposed to 282 in 2008. “Women candidates were 31 in last election, but this time only 14 are contesting,” he said on Friday in a press-meet. The number of polling stations has been raised to 3,041 from 2,391 to facilitate the smooth conduct of elections on February 14.

He also said that 53,580 young voters would exercise their franchise for the first time in 60 Assembly constituencies. Replying to questions, Mr. Jindal said that foolproof measures had been taken to conduct free and peaceful elections.