GUWAHATI, Oct 24 - The Assam State Election Commission, through an order issued today, has deferred the election schedule of Deori Autonomous Council and Thengal Kachari Autonomous Council polls till December 15 next.
According to an official press release here, as per the revised schedule, nominations may be filed from November 23 to 28, 2016 between 11 am to 3 pm. Scrutiny of the nomination papers will be done upto 3 pm of November 29, and on the same day the list of validly nominated candidates will be published. Withdrawal of candidature may be done till 3 pm of December 1. On this day, the list of contesting candidates will be published. The poll to both the Autonomous Councils will be held on December 15 from 8 am to 4 pm. Date of re-poll (if any) is scheduled on December 16, from 8 am to 4 pm. Counting will be held on December 17 from 8 am till the completion of the counting process.
The election schedule has been revised owing to the consideration made upon representations received from a few organisations for postponement of election to the two Autonomous Councils on the grounds of difficulties due to simultaneous ongoing process of bye-election to the 14 Lakhimpur Parliamentary Constituency. The Election Commission had also received feedback from some district election officers about practical difficulties in conducting the said election simultaneously with that of 14 Lakhimpur Parliamentary Constituency.
It may be mentioned that the election schedule which was notified earlier will remain suspended from 3 pm of October 24 and will again recommence from November 23. The nomination(s) filed by any candidate upto 3 pm of October 24 will be treated as nomination duly filed during the period of nomination and will be taken up for scrutiny on November 29 as per the revised schedule.
Further, the model code of conduct will continue in connection with both the Deori Autonomous Council and Thengal Kachari Autonomous Council till the process of election gets completed, the press release said.