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Assam Civic polls: Voting in 80 municipalities today

Assam Civic polls began on Sunday. Voters will cast ballots in 80 civic bodies with 977 wards on, amid strict security. 

The news: As voting began about 8 a.m., there were lines outside the polling booths. According to election commission data, over 2,500 candidates are running in the Assam civic elections. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has the most candidates (825), followed by the Congress (706), and the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) with 243 candidates.

  • In the civic body elections, more than 16 lakh people (8.32 lakh men and 8.41 lakh women) and 17 transgenders are eligible to vote.
  • Thousands of government workers have been assigned to election duty and the day of the count. Aside from that, over 30 poll observers have arrived in the state to oversee the voting process.
  • Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are being used for polling for the first time instead of vote papers, as state election commissioner Alok Kumar had previously declared.
  • During the high-pitched campaigning, political parties left no stone unturned in their bid to reach out to voters. Candidates were observed doing everything from performing special songs to bouncing their legs and reciting lines from popular films and plays to entice voters.
  • “Municipal elections are a critical step in ensuring citizen engagement in urban governance. Today, as polls for urban local bodies are held across Assam, I urge everyone to utilise their democratic right to determine their own destiny “Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Chief Minister, sent out a tweet.

The results of the voting will be announced on Wednesday March 9.

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