By Our Kokrajhar Bureau
Kokrajhar (Assam), Nov 17 : Elections to the 40-member Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), earlier deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be held in two phases on Dec7 and 10, the Assam State Election Commission said on Tuesday.
Elections will be held in constituencies falling under Udalguri and Baksa districts on December 7, while the seats in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts will go to polls on December 10, a notification issued by State Election Commissioner Alok Kumar said.
Repolling, if any, will be held on December 8 and 11, it said.
Polling in both the phases will begin at 7.30 and end at 4.30 pm, the notification said.
The counting of votes will take place on December 12 from 8 am onwards, it said.
Strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocol will be ensured, the notification said.
The first phase will be cover 21 constituencies of Baksa and Udalguri districts while second phase will cover 19 constituencies in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts.
Altogether 72 candidates are in the fray for the elections to the council, which is currently being administered under the supervision of Governor Jagadish Mukhi after its term ended on April 27.
The commission had on March 20 announced the deferment of the elections, scheduled on April 4, due to the COVID-19 situation.
The filing of nominations and scrutiny of the documents were already completed by March 20.
The elections are being held after a fresh Bodo Accord was signed in New Delhi on January 27 by the leaders of all the four factions of the NDFB, the then All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) chief Pramod Boro, the then BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
Meanwhile,several parties and organisations including UPPL,BPF,Congress,AIUDF have hailed the announcement of the fresh election dates to the BTC legislative assembly.
UPPL chief Pramod Boro, ex Rajya Sabha MP and founder president of UPPL party Urkhao Gwra Brahma have welcomed the announcement of the dates .
Boro has demanded strict security deployment during the council’s election in four districts.
He was hopeful that UPPL would get massive support and win with absolute majority in the 40- member house of BTC legislative assembly.
“General voters are extending their support to the UPPL for parivartan and development in the region. The council elections should be conducted in a free and fair manner in the region.”, Boro added.
APCC secretary and senior spokesperson Durga Das Boro has welcomed the revised election dates which would be held in two phases.