Assam civic polls: Polling underway in 80 municipalities at present amid tight safety

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oi-Madhuri Adnal

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Guwahati, Mar 6: Polling is underway for 80 civic our bodies throughout Assam on Sunday, amid tight safety and strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols, an official stated. Voting started at 8 am in 977 wards throughout 24 districts of the northeastern state and can proceed until 4 pm.

Assam civic polls: Polling underway in 80 municipalities today amid tight security

“Polling has so far been peaceful,” the State Election Fee official stated. Lengthy queues had been seen exterior many cubicles as individuals turned up early for casting their votes.

Digital Voting Machines are getting used for the primary time within the historical past of civic elections within the state.

The destiny of two,532 candidates might be determined with the ruling BJP having the utmost variety of nominees of 825 within the fray. A minimum of 706 candidates are contesting on Congress tickets, whereas the Asom Gana Parishad nominated 243, the official stated.

“Municipal elections are an important step towards ensuring public participation in governance of urban areas. As polls to urban local bodies are being held across Assam today, I urge everyone to exercise their democratic right for determining their future,” Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated on Twitter.

The variety of eligible voters is 16,73,899, comprising 8,41,534 girls and 17 transgenders. Each ruling and opposition events within the state had gone all out to woo voters through the high-pitched marketing campaign for elections to the civic our bodies. The counting of votes will happen on March 9.

Story first printed: Sunday, March 6, 2022, 13:32 [IST]

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