EC issues notification for first phase of Assam assembly polls

Notification for the first phase of elections in Assam was issued by the Election Commission on March 2.

Polling will be held in 47 constituencies out of the total 126 in the first phase of voting in Assam on March 27.

Earlier, the Election Commission had announced that polling will be held in three phases – on March 27, April 1 and April 6 – in Assam. The counting for all phases will take place on May 2.

Phase one will see polling for 47 constituencies on March 27 while in the second phase polling would be held for 39 seats on April 1 and the remaining 40 constituencies will go to the polls on April 6.

In all 2,32,44,454 voters are eligible to cast their votes in three phases this time while the number of eligible voters was 1,98,66,496 in the last Assam assembly polls in 2016.

Election officials said that a little over 80 lakh voters can exercise their franchise in the first phase.

According to the officials, with the issuance of the notification, the process of filing of nomination papers has begun and the last date of filing of nominations for the 47 assembly constituencies is March 9 and the scrutiny of the candidatures would take place next day. The last date for withdrawal is March 12.

The first phase of polling on March 27 would be held in 12 districts mostly covering eastern Assam. Though no parties have announced the names of candidates yet, hectic discussions and parleys are on by all political parties on seat sharing and selection of candidates.

The ruling BJP and the main opposition Congress-led alliance parties indicated that the candidates for the first phase of polling would be announced by March 5.

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