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Over Rs 1 cr seized till date

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 30 � A total of 981 candidates will contest the ensuing Assembly polls in the State to be held in two phases on April 4 (485 candidates) and April 11 (496 candidates). The number of constituencies is 62 and 64 respectively for the two phases.

Of the candidates, only 85 candidates are female, with males accounting for an overwhelming 896.

Party-wise, the Congress has the maximum number of candidates at 128, followed by the BJP (120), AGP (104), Trinamool Congress (99), AIUDF (78), and BPF (29). Both the CPI and CPI-M have fielded 15 candidates each.

For the first phase, the number of voters stands at 85,09,010 of which 43,91,889 are male and 41,17,121 are female. The number of voters for the second phase is 96,78,720 with 50,09,483 male and 46,69,237 female.

The 52 Dispur constituency is the biggest in terms of voter numbers where 3,20,297 people will exercise their voting right. The 107 Thowra is the smallest with 94,728 voters.

The 4 Karimganj South has the maximum number of candidates with 25, while the 20 Baithalangso (ST) and the 63 Sapaguri has just three candidates each.

Revealing this at a press conference today, Additional Chief Electoral Officer, Assam, Mukesh Sahoo said that 2,093 and 2,985 polling stations had been identified as hyper-sensitive and sensitive for the first phase of polls. The corresponding figures for the second phase are 2,033 and 4,175.

Sahoo revealed that since March 2 to 28, a total of 102 unlicensed arms besides 3,282 cartridges, 297 detonators and 13 grenades had been seized across the State.

�In addition, 6,569 arms having licenses had been deposited. While 4,562 non-bailable warrants have been executed, restrictions have been imposed on the movement of 14,733 persons who have signed bonds under Sec 107/116 CrPC,� Sahoo said, adding that 7,272 non-bailable cases have been pending.

The run-up to the polls has witnessed 117 incidents of violence during poll campaign. �We have received complaints from the public on 786 cases on the toll-free number 1965 of which 682have been disposed of. In addition there have been 465 cases of violation of the model poll code of conduct,� Sahoo said.

On the issue of the model poll code violation by Health Minister Himanta Biswa

Sarma, Sahoo said that the matter was being looked into by the Election Commission.

On the seizure of cash,

Sahoo said that over a crore rupees had been seized by the Income Tax Department and it was looking into the various aspects of the seizures.

Sahoo said that 350 companies of paramilitary forces had joined the 96 companies already stationed in the State.

A total of 1,516 micro observers besides 25 general observers and 21 expenditure observers have been engaged for the first phase of the polls. The second phase will see 1,539 micro observers.

There will be video and still camera monitoring and coverage of 1,350 and 1,148 polling stations during the two phases of polls respectively.

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Over Rs 1 cr seized till date

GUWAHATI, March 30 � A total of 981 candidates will contest the ensuing Assembly polls in the State to be held in two phases on April 4 (485 candidates) and April 11 (496 candidates). The number of constituencies is 62 and 64 respectively for the two phases.

Of the candidates, only 85 candidates are female, with males accounting for an overwhelming 896.

Party-wise, the Congress has the maximum number of candidates at 128, followed by the BJP (120), AGP (104), Trinamool Congress (99), AIUDF (78), and BPF (29). Both the CPI and CPI-M have fielded 15 candidates each.

For the first phase, the number of voters stands at 85,09,010 of which 43,91,889 are male and 41,17,121 are female. The number of voters for the second phase is 96,78,720 with 50,09,483 male and 46,69,237 female.

The 52 Dispur constituency is the biggest in terms of voter numbers where 3,20,297 people will exercise their voting right. The 107 Thowra is the smallest with 94,728 voters.

The 4 Karimganj South has the maximum number of candidates with 25, while the 20 Baithalangso (ST) and the 63 Sapaguri has just three candidates each.

Revealing this at a press conference today, Additional Chief Electoral Officer, Assam, Mukesh Sahoo said that 2,093 and 2,985 polling stations had been identified as hyper-sensitive and sensitive for the first phase of polls. The corresponding figures for the second phase are 2,033 and 4,175.

Sahoo revealed that since March 2 to 28, a total of 102 unlicensed arms besides 3,282 cartridges, 297 detonators and 13 grenades had been seized across the State.

�In addition, 6,569 arms having licenses had been deposited. While 4,562 non-bailable warrants have been executed, restrictions have been imposed on the movement of 14,733 persons who have signed bonds under Sec 107/116 CrPC,� Sahoo said, adding that 7,272 non-bailable cases have been pending.

The run-up to the polls has witnessed 117 incidents of violence during poll campaign. �We have received complaints from the public on 786 cases on the toll-free number 1965 of which 682have been disposed of. In addition there have been 465 cases of violation of the model poll code of conduct,� Sahoo said.

On the issue of the model poll code violation by Health Minister Himanta Biswa

Sarma, Sahoo said that the matter was being looked into by the Election Commission.

On the seizure of cash,

Sahoo said that over a crore rupees had been seized by the Income Tax Department and it was looking into the various aspects of the seizures.

Sahoo said that 350 companies of paramilitary forces had joined the 96 companies already stationed in the State.

A total of 1,516 micro observers besides 25 general observers and 21 expenditure observers have been engaged for the first phase of the polls. The second phase will see 1,539 micro observers.

There will be video and still camera monitoring and coverage of 1,350 and 1,148 polling stations during the two phases of polls respectively.