Guwahati, Feb 9: The State Election Commission today announced that the elections to 997 wards in 80 municipal boards in Assam will be held on March 6. The counting of votes will take place on March 9.
Addressing a press conference, State Election Commissioner Alok Kumar said the polling will be conducted through electronic voting machines EVMs for the first time in the history of civic elections in Assam.
The last date for filing nominations has been fixed on February 15 and scrutiny of applications will be done on February 17, he said. ''The polling will take place on March 6 and the counting will be held on March 9. The last date for withdrawal of candidature is February 20,'' Kumar said.
Kumar further informed that polling will take place at 2,054 booths. A total of 20,000-25,000 government staffers are likely to be deployed in conducting the entire election exercise.
He further asserted that the Silchar Municipal Board will not be conducted now as the matter is sub judice.