Officials leave for polling stations, at Mangaldai on Wednesday. – UB Photos
Voting for second phase today
GUWAHATI, March 31: The Election Commission has deployed 310 companies of Central armed police forces for the second phase of Assembly elections to be held tomorrow in 39 constituencies falling under 14 election districts
“One constable and a home guard will be deployed in each polling station for smooth conduct of the polling process. Besides, sector and zonal police officers would monitor the law and order scenario proceedings,” Chief Electoral Officer of Assam Nitin Khade told the media today.
Polling will start at 7 am and continue till 6 pm. The aggregate number of general electors in the second phase stands at 73,44,631, of which 37,34,537 are males, 36,09,959 females and 135 are transgender voters.
Polling in 47 constituencies of the 126-member Assembly was held on March 27 in the first phase that recorded a turnout of 79.97 per cent.
The third and final phase of the polls will be held on April 6 covering the remaining 40 constituencies.
There are 345 candidates in the fray in the second phase of elections, of which 319 are male. Among the prominent candidates are BJP ministers Parimal Suklabaidya (Dholai), Pijush Hazarika (Jagiroad) and Bhabesh Kalita (Rangiya), Congress leader Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha (Karimganj North), BPF leader Rihon Daimary (Udalguri) and Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary (Panery).
Deputy Speaker of the Assam Assembly Aminul Haque Laskar is contesting on a BJP ticket from Sonai, while former Deputy Speaker Dilip Kumar Paul, who was denied candidature by the BJP, is contesting as an independent candidate from Silchar. Sirajuddinn Ajmal, former MP and younger brother of AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal, is contesting from Jamunamukh.
According to a statement issued by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Hojai is the constituency with the highest number of electors in the second phase. Hojai constituency has 373 polling stations and 2,65,886 voters. The constituency having the lowest number of electors is Howraghat in Karbi Anglong district with 195 polling stations and 1,32,339 voters.
Algapur and Udalguri are the constituencies with maximum (19) and minimum (two) number of candidates, respectively.
There will be 10,592 polling stations in place in the second phase, including the main and auxiliary ones. Meanwhile, security arrangements have been beefed up in all the election districts and are being reviewed constantly.
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