GUWAHATI, April 9 - Campaigning for the first phase of general elections to the Lok Sabha ended at 5 pm today. Five constituencies in the State � Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Kaliabor and Tezpur � will go to polls in the first phase on April 11.
Under section 126 of The Representation of the People Act, 1951, campaigning in any form is prohibited during period of forty-eight hours ending with the hour fixed for conclusion of poll.
Forty one candidates are in the fray in the five constituencies and the elections in these seats are expected to be straight fight between the Congress and the BJP-led alliance. There are eleven candidates in fray in Lakhimpur, eight each in Jorhat and Dibrugarh and seven each in Tezpur and Kaliabor. In the last elections, four of these five seats were won by BJP and one � Kaliabor - was wrested by the Congress.
There are 9574 polling stations in these five constituencies which comprise 47 legislative assembly segments. The total number of voters eligible to exercise their franchise is 7603458, of which 3865334 are male, 3737970 are female and 154 third gender.
Most of the district administrations have imposed 144 of the CrPC, prohibiting various activities to ensure free and fair elections.