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BTC election on April 4

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 11 - The Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) elections will be held on April 4.

The Assam State Election Commission today issued the notification for the polls to the General Council of the BTC and announced the election schedule.

With the issuing of the notification the Model Code of Conduct has come into immediate force in the BTC.

Elections will be held for 40 constituencies of the BTC, including 30 seats which are reserved for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates, five seats reserved for non-ST candidates and five open seats where both ST and non ST candidates can contest.

The last date for filing of nominations is March 18.

Scrutiny of nominations will be done on March 19 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is March 21.

Polling will take place between 8 am to 4 pm on April 4.

Re-polling, if necessary, will be held on April 6.

Counting of ballots will start from 8 am on April 8 and preliminary results are expected by early afternoon the same day.

The State Election Commission has fixed a maximum limit of expenditure of Rs seven lakh for a candidate per constituency. The term of the existing General Council of BTC will expire on April 27.

Meanwhile, BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary said that his Bodoland People�s Front will fight the BTC polls on the slogan of �Peace and Development�.

He also claimed that BPF faces no threat from UPPL and its leader Pramod Boro.

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