NAGAON, March 12 � Nagaon Deputy Commissioner Dr P Ashokbabu has said that the notification for polls to the Kaliabor Lok Sabha seat will be issued on March 14 and the last date for filing nomination papers is March 21. Likewise, the notification for the Nowgong Lok Sabha seat will be issued on March 29, the last date of filing nomination being April 5.
While the Kaliabor will go to polls on April 7, the voting for the Nowgong seat will take place on April 24.
Addressing the local media here Dr Ashokbabu, who is also the returning officer for Nowgong (ADC DK Barooah is the returning officer for Kaliabor HPC), said nomination papers will be taken on the last date up to 3 pm. Citing the rules, he further said that only three vehicles will be allowed to enter within 100 metres of the office of the returning officer and only five persons will be allowed to enter inside the office to file nominations.
The candidates are permitted to spend Rs 70 lakh but they have to open an account one day before the filing of nomination and if it is a joint account, then it should be with the election agent. All the payments above Rs 20,000 must be through cheque. If a person carries cash above Rs 50,000, he has to produce documents and there are some restrictions on carrying other materials also, he said.
A person may appeal against seizure of cash or goods before ADC Junu Das Saikia, he said, adding that a person may apply through Form No. 6 to include their names in the electoral rolls till the last date of filing nomination. They may submit the form in the circle office or to the concerned booth level officer (BLO).
If someone does not have a voter ID card, they will not be barred from casting their votes if they can show any of the 21 listed documents, the DC further informed.
Any person can also submit any election-related complaint at the telephone number 03672-256418, he said, adding, a toll free number will also be provided very soon.
Attending the press meet, SP A Kalita informed that there are 177 very sensitive and 648 sensitive polling stations in Nagaon district and the police is planning precautionary measures in these vulnerable polling stations. He said the district has been divided into 22 zones and 197 sectors for maintaining law and order.
Preventive arrests, drive against illicit liquor, unlicensed arms and drugs have already been initiated in the district, the SP said, adding, the mapping of vulnerable areas in the district is also going on.
The Nagaon DC and SP also appealed to the public and political parties to extend their support and cooperation for smooth conduct of the election.