First Phase of Voting for Panchayat Poll Begins in Assam

An estimated of 65 per cent electorate out of a total of 5,149,054 voters of eight districts of Assam had exercised their franchise in the first phase of the panchayat poll on Wednesday, officials said.

There were reported some minor incidents, missing of eligible voters in electoral rolls, wrong symbols of candidates printed in Nagaon, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Sivasagar, Golaghat districts.

Voters of Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Golaghat and Nagaon districts cast their votes in 8269 polling stations during the first phase poll which began at 7 am and ended 3 pm.

In the first phase poll, 529 candidates contested in the 164 zila parishad constituencies, 2,546 candidates in 861 anchalik panchayat constituencies, 2,748 candidates in 861 gaon panchayat president constituencies and 22,051 candidates had contested in 8610 gaon panchayat member posts.

The second and third phases of the panchayat poll will be held on February 6 and 12 respectively in the rest districts of the state.

Hemanta Kumar Nath is a correspondent in Assam, India, who reports on local news in Assam, the north east Indian state.