Around 45,950 polling personnel have been deployed in the first phase and they have started moving out since Tuesday.
By Anil Poddar
Assam state is for polling in five Lok Sabha seats in Assam on Thursday to decide the fate of 41 candidates in the fray.
An electorate of 76,03,458, including 38,65,334 male, 37,37,970 female and 154 of the third gender will exercise their franchise in 9,574 polling stations in Tezpur, Kaliabor, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur Lok Sabha constituencies.
Tight security arrangements have been made across the five constituencies to ensure smooth conduct of polling, Assam Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia said.
Around 45,950 polling personnel have been deployed in the first phase and they have started moving out since Tuesday but most of them have left for their polling booths Wednesday.
Beside buses, the polling personnel are also using boats to reach inaccessible areas along the river banks though no animals are being used this time.
Lakhimpur has the highest number of 11 candidates in the fray with the main contest between sitting BJP MP Pradhan Barua and Congress candidate Anil Borgohain.
Dibrugarh constituency has eight candidates are in fray but the battle of the ballot is between sitting BJP MP Rameshwar Teli and veteran Congress leader and former Union Minister Paban Singh Ghatowar.
Jorhat constituency has , eight candidates are in fray and the contest is between state Power Minister Tapon Gogoi of the BJP and former Congress MLA Sushanta Borgohain.
In Kaliabor constituency , sitting Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi is pitted against AGP’s Moni Madhab Mahanta
In Tezpur constituency state Power Minister Pallab Lochan Das of the AGP is fighting it out against retired bureaucrat M G V K Bhanu of the Congress.