Campaigning ends for first phase of polling in Assam

Campaigning for the first phase of polling in the Assam assembly elections came to an end at 6 pm on March 25.

In the first phase of elections on March 27, more than 81 lakh voters will cast their votes in 47 constituencies of eastern Assam.

According to Election Commission of India rules, poll campaigning has to end in a constituency 48 hours before polling.

There are 264 candidates contesting in 47 constituencies going to polls in the first phase of Assam elections.

In the first phase, there are a total of 81,09,815 general electors. Of these, 40,77,210 are male, 40,32,481 are female and 124 are transgenders.

“The election campaign in 47 Assam assembly constituencies under Phase-I will come to an end at 6 pm on March 25, i.e., 48 hours prior to the close of polls on March 27,” the Election Commission of India (ECI) said.

During this period, no person shall convene, hold or attend, join or address any public meetings, processions, etc, and display of election matter by means of television and similar apparatus, the ECI added.

“The result of any exit or opinion poll conducted shall not be published, publicized, or disseminated in any manner by print, electronic or any other media at any time during the period of 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for the closing of the poll,” ECI said.

This ban will continue till voting in a single phase, or multiple phases and in all the states where ECI notified election simultaneously is finally over.

“Violation will attract punishment of imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with a fine, or with both,” ECI added.

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