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GUWAHATI, March 25 - A total of 45 candidates have filed nominations for the five Lok Sabha constituencies of Assam that will go to the polls in the first phase of general elections on April 11.

Today was the last date for filing of nomination papers in the five constituencies. The five constituencies that will go to the polls in the first phase are Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Tezpur and Kaliabor.

�Filing of nominations for the five constituencies which will go to the polls on the first phase got over at 3 pm today. The nomination process has passed off peacefully and there were no untoward incidents,� said Mukesh Sahu, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Assam.

The highest number of nominations for the first phase have been filed for the Lakhimpur constituency. As many as 12 candidates have filed their nomination papers for Lakhimpur.

They include Anil Borgohain of Indian National Congress (INC), Pradan Baruah of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Hem Kanta Miri of Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI), Arup Pratim Borboruah of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Arup Kalita of Communist Party of India (CPI), Amiya Kumar Handique of Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPI(M), Ubaidur Rahman of Asom Jana Morcha, Bhupan Narah of Voters Party International (VPI) and Dilip Moran of Asom Dristi Party. Besides, three Independent candidates � Prabhu Lal Vaishnava, Md Ambaz Uddin and Purnakanta Deuri � have also filed their nominations for the Lakhimpur seat.

A total of 10 candidates have filed nominations for the Tezpur constituency. Those in fray in Tezpur are Mahendra Orang (VPI), Mahendra Bhuyan (NCP), MGVK Bhanu (INC), Iqbal Ansari (Independent), Ranvijay Kumar Rai (Bahujan Mukti Party or BMP), Bijoy Kumar Tiru (Adivasi National Party of Assam or ANPA), Ram Bahadur Sonar (National People�s Party or NPP), Pallab Lochan Das (BJP), Krishna Hari Paul (All India Hindustan Congress Party) and Ziabur Rahman Khan (Independent).

There were a total of eight nominations filed for the Dibrugarh constituency. Those in fray from the seat are Paban Singh Ghatowar (INC), Bhaben Baruah (NPP), Md Nurul Huda Imdadul Islam Saikia (Independent), Dr Titus Bhengra (Independent), Rubul Buragohain (Independent), Israil Nanda (Independent), Apurva Saikia (Independent) and Rameswar Teli (BJP).

A total of eight candidates have filed nominations for the Jorhat constituency. They are Nandita Nag (Independent), Arbin Kumar Baruah (Independent), Ribulaya Gogoi (All India Trinamool Congress or AITC), Kamala Rajkonwar (NPP), Rajkumar Duwarah (All India Forward Bloc or AIFB), Topon Kumar Gogoi (BJP), Sushanta Borgohain (INC) and Kanak Gogoi (CPI).

Altogether seven candidates have filed nominations for the Kaliabor seat. They are Mani Madhav Mahanta (Asom Gana Parishad or AGP), Abdul Aziz (NPP), Diganta Kumar Saikia (Hindustan Nirman Dal), Harikul Islam Bhuyan (Asom Jana Marcha), Jiten Gogoi (Independent), Bhaskar Sarma (Independent) and Gaurav Gogoi (INC).

The nominations for the first phase will be scrutinized on March 28 and the last date for withdrawal of nomination papers is March 28. The constituencies in the first phase will go to the polls on April 11. Counting of votes of all phases will be held on May 23.

A total of 75,16,284 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the five constituencies that will go to the polls in the first phase. Among them 38,27,811 are male voters, 36,88,315 are female voters and 158 are from the �third gender�. The total number of polling stations in the five constituencies is 9,574.

The total electorate of Kaliabor constituency is 17,10,939, while Lakhimpur has 16,81,434 voters, Tezpur has 14,82,368 voters, Jorhat has 13,43,872 voters and Dibrugarh has 12,97,671 voters.

Of the five constituencies going to the polls in the first phase, the BJP had won Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Lakhimpur and Tezpur in the last general elections in 2014, while Kaliabor had gone to the Congress.

Meanwhile, filing of nominations for the five constituencies (Silchar, Karimganj, Diphu, Mangaldoi and Nagaon) of Assam, which will go to the polls in the second phase on April 18, will conclude tomorrow.

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45 file papers in State for 1st phase LS polls

GUWAHATI, March 25 - A total of 45 candidates have filed nominations for the five Lok Sabha constituencies of Assam that will go to the polls in the first phase of general elections on April 11.

Today was the last date for filing of nomination papers in the five constituencies. The five constituencies that will go to the polls in the first phase are Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Tezpur and Kaliabor.

�Filing of nominations for the five constituencies which will go to the polls on the first phase got over at 3 pm today. The nomination process has passed off peacefully and there were no untoward incidents,� said Mukesh Sahu, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Assam.

The highest number of nominations for the first phase have been filed for the Lakhimpur constituency. As many as 12 candidates have filed their nomination papers for Lakhimpur.

They include Anil Borgohain of Indian National Congress (INC), Pradan Baruah of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Hem Kanta Miri of Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI), Arup Pratim Borboruah of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Arup Kalita of Communist Party of India (CPI), Amiya Kumar Handique of Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPI(M), Ubaidur Rahman of Asom Jana Morcha, Bhupan Narah of Voters Party International (VPI) and Dilip Moran of Asom Dristi Party. Besides, three Independent candidates � Prabhu Lal Vaishnava, Md Ambaz Uddin and Purnakanta Deuri � have also filed their nominations for the Lakhimpur seat.

A total of 10 candidates have filed nominations for the Tezpur constituency. Those in fray in Tezpur are Mahendra Orang (VPI), Mahendra Bhuyan (NCP), MGVK Bhanu (INC), Iqbal Ansari (Independent), Ranvijay Kumar Rai (Bahujan Mukti Party or BMP), Bijoy Kumar Tiru (Adivasi National Party of Assam or ANPA), Ram Bahadur Sonar (National People�s Party or NPP), Pallab Lochan Das (BJP), Krishna Hari Paul (All India Hindustan Congress Party) and Ziabur Rahman Khan (Independent).

There were a total of eight nominations filed for the Dibrugarh constituency. Those in fray from the seat are Paban Singh Ghatowar (INC), Bhaben Baruah (NPP), Md Nurul Huda Imdadul Islam Saikia (Independent), Dr Titus Bhengra (Independent), Rubul Buragohain (Independent), Israil Nanda (Independent), Apurva Saikia (Independent) and Rameswar Teli (BJP).

A total of eight candidates have filed nominations for the Jorhat constituency. They are Nandita Nag (Independent), Arbin Kumar Baruah (Independent), Ribulaya Gogoi (All India Trinamool Congress or AITC), Kamala Rajkonwar (NPP), Rajkumar Duwarah (All India Forward Bloc or AIFB), Topon Kumar Gogoi (BJP), Sushanta Borgohain (INC) and Kanak Gogoi (CPI).

Altogether seven candidates have filed nominations for the Kaliabor seat. They are Mani Madhav Mahanta (Asom Gana Parishad or AGP), Abdul Aziz (NPP), Diganta Kumar Saikia (Hindustan Nirman Dal), Harikul Islam Bhuyan (Asom Jana Marcha), Jiten Gogoi (Independent), Bhaskar Sarma (Independent) and Gaurav Gogoi (INC).

The nominations for the first phase will be scrutinized on March 28 and the last date for withdrawal of nomination papers is March 28. The constituencies in the first phase will go to the polls on April 11. Counting of votes of all phases will be held on May 23.

A total of 75,16,284 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the five constituencies that will go to the polls in the first phase. Among them 38,27,811 are male voters, 36,88,315 are female voters and 158 are from the �third gender�. The total number of polling stations in the five constituencies is 9,574.

The total electorate of Kaliabor constituency is 17,10,939, while Lakhimpur has 16,81,434 voters, Tezpur has 14,82,368 voters, Jorhat has 13,43,872 voters and Dibrugarh has 12,97,671 voters.

Of the five constituencies going to the polls in the first phase, the BJP had won Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Lakhimpur and Tezpur in the last general elections in 2014, while Kaliabor had gone to the Congress.

Meanwhile, filing of nominations for the five constituencies (Silchar, Karimganj, Diphu, Mangaldoi and Nagaon) of Assam, which will go to the polls in the second phase on April 18, will conclude tomorrow.