GUWAHATI, March 18 � A total of 2064099 voters, out of which 1058889 are male and 1005210 are female, will exercise their franchise in the BTC election which will be held on April 8. This was announced on Wednesday by the Assam State Election Commission.
Addressing media persons here, State Election Commissioner HN Bora said that all steps would be taken to ensure a free and fair poll.
�Compared to the last BTC election, there has been an increase in the number of polling stations and voters this time,� said Bora.
The poll will be held across 40 Bodoland Territorial Council constituencies, of which 30 are reserved for ST, 5 for non ST and 5 are open. The total number of polling stations is 2778 � a 3.8 per cent increase compared to the last BTC election. The number of voters has increased by 10.73 per cent.
The last date for filing of nomination papers is March 25, and the scrutiny will be done on March 26. The last date for withdrawal of candidature is March 28. The date of counting has been fixed on April 11.
�There will be around six to seven observers for the poll and we are hopeful that the election will pass off peacefully,� said Bora adding that for the sensitive and very sensitive polling stations, there will be video camera arrangements.