GOALPARA, Feb 5 � The district administration is gearing up to conduct the civic polls to the Goalpara Municipality Board (GMB) as well as to the Lakhipur Town Committee (LTC) in the district in a free and fair manner which is scheduled for February 9, said Deputy Commissioner JVN Subramanyam.
Elaborating on it while addressing a press conference on Tuesday at the conference hall of the DC�s office, the Deputy Commissioner said all works related to the civic polls are going on as scheduled and as many as 320 polling officials will be engaged for a total of 46 polling stations in 19 municipality wards for the GMB and another ten polling stations in the four town committee wards in Lakhipur.
Two magistrates � Additional DC Ajit Narayan Hazarika and Circle Officer (Lakhipur) Firdaus Alom Sheikh have been appointed to oversee the smooth conduct of the civic polls in both the places respectively, he said.
He further informed that there are a total of 36,428 eligible voters (18,106 males and 18,322 females) who will elect 19 ward representatives to the GMB, while 8,955 voters (4,567 males and 4,388 females) will decide the fate of candidates in the four town committee wards of Lakhipur.
It may be mentioned here that according to the election schedule declared by the Assam State Election Commission, voting will take place on February 9 continuously from 8 am to 4 pm, while the date of repoll (if any) has been fixed on February 11. The counting of votes will begin at 8 am on February 12 and the results will be announced by the evening.
Meanwhile, Subramanyam has urged all the contesting candidates as well as the political parties to strictly adhere to the model code of conduct and warned that any violation of it will be dealt firmly according to the election laws.
The details on categorization of polling stations into sensitive and hypersensitive as also the deployment of security forces during the elections were, however, not available with this correspondent at the time of filing this report, but official sources informed that they were fine tuning the details and it will be made available shortly.