Monday, April 4, 2011

Assam goes to first phase polls on Monday

Guwahati, Apr 3: The polling process to elect the newAssam Assembly begins Monday when voting for 62constituencies will taken place in the first phase.

Polling for the 126 seat Assembly is being held in two phases, with the second phase slated on April 11 for remaining 64 constituencies.

The ruling Congress will be aiming to complete its hat-trick at the power seat in Dispur, while the principle Opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), which had served two terms at Dispur, will seek to reverse its poll fortunes.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), though left with just six MLAs in the outgoing House after four were expelled for cross-voting, is going all-out to capture more seats and have a stake at the government formation.

The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), which won 10 seats in last Assembly elections, is another major player.

The Left parties and smaller regional parties, including ruling alliance partner Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) are key factors, who are busy trying to increase their electoral success as well as hunt prospective allies for government formation.

The fate of 485 candidates will be decided by 85,09,010 voters in the first phase, while 96,78,720 voters will seal the fate of 496 candidates in the second phase.

Among the first phase candidates, there are 38 female, 32 Scheduled Caste (SC) and 65 Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates.

The second phase will feature 47 female candidates and 47 and 72 candidates belonging to SC and ST communities respectively.

As many as 11,264 polling stations will be set up for first phase, of which 2094 have been marked as hyper-sensitive and 2985 as sensitive.

For the second phase, 12,589 polling stations will be set up, of which 2033 have been identified as hyper-sensitive and 4175 as sensitive.

Counting of votes will be done on May 13.

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