DIBRUGARH, Jan 19 � The district administration is getting ready for the civic polls on February 9 in the municipality here and the three towns of Dibrugarh district. A total of 124,145 voters are eligible to cast their votes on the scheduled day through ballot papers, Deputy Commissioner MS Manivannan told newsmen on Monday.
The elections for the Dibrugarh municipality will be held in 118 polling stations in its 22 wards. The municipality has altogether 97,601 voters, of which 49,491 are male and 48,110 are female. Fifty per cent of the seats are reserved for women. One among the two reserved seats for the scheduled caste is for women, while the other is open.
The day for the filing of nominations started on Monday and would continue till January 28, barring public holidays specified by the Negotiable Instruments Act. The scrutiny of nomination papers will be done on January 30 and the list of validly nominated candidates would be declared the same day, he said.
Candidates seeking to withdraw their candidature can do so on February 2, after which the list of contesting candidates would be published after 3 pm on the same day.
February 11 has been set aside for repoll, while the counting for the municipality and the three town committees would take place in the campus of the Deputy Commissioner�s office on February 12. �The chamber for poll materials despatch and the strong room will be established within the campus of the office of Deputy Commissioner,� Manivannan said.
The towns going to polls in the district are Chabua, Naharkatia and Namrup. Namrup town is going to polls for the first time. Candidates will be contesting from eight wards of Namrup town. In Naharkatia, votes will be cast in only four wards, while elections for the remaining four wards will be held in a later date as some official works relating to the voters list are yet to be completed, the Deputy Commissioner said. Chabua town has four wards. At least 50 per cent of the seats in the town committees have also been reserved for women.