GUWAHATI- The Election Commission today announced a three-phased assembly polls for Assam from March 27. Counting for all the three phases will take place on May 2.
Announcing the poll dates for four states and a union territory, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said, ” Of the 126 seats in Assam assembly, 47 will go to polls on March 27 in the first phase, 39 constituencies will go to polls on April 1 in the second phase and 40 seats will go to polls in the third and final phase on April 6.
Region wise, the first phase’s 47 seats are in Upper Assam, where in the 2016 assembly polls the BJP swept the elections. This is also the region that saw massive protest against Citizenship Amendment Act.
In second phase, the 39 seats going to polls would be from the Bengali-dominated Barak valley region and the tribal-dominated Dima Hasao and Karbi Anglong. In this phase, the middle region of the state will also go to polls.
In the third and last phase, in lower Assam, the Bengali Muslim community dominates the voters’ list. The Bodoland region also goes to polls in the last phase.
With the announcement of dates, the Model Code of Conduct has also come into effect.