GUWAHATI, Dec 17 - The fate of 124 candidates contesting the Tiwa Autonomous Council elections have been sealed with the overall voters� turnout reported at 71 per cent. The voting which began around 7.30 am in 35 out of the 36 council constituencies ended at 4.30 pm today. The Gobha council constituency in Morigaon district has gone uncontested. According to the Assam State Election Commission, 410 polling booths were set up in the 35 constituencies spread over Nagaon, Morigaon, Hojai and Kamrup (Metro) districts.
While the ruling BJP is contesting in 35 seats, its ally AGP is contesting in one seat. Congress has fielded its candidates in all the 36 seats. Although the voting process was by and large peaceful, at many places in and around Dimoria (Sonapur), members of the Amri Karbi community were seen preventing voters from coming out to exercise their franchise by blocking roads leading to polling stations in the area.
The Amri Karbi has opposed the election for extension of the Tiwa Autonomous Council area in Dimoria. The counting of votes will take place on December 19.
Various organizations including Chandrapur AASU unit on Wednesday appealed to the public to boycott the election in support of the demand to exclude non-Tiwa inhabitant villages from the purview of the election.