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Assam: Bodoland Territorial Council elections to be held in two phases in December

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The elections to the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) in Assam, which were postponed in April this year due to Covid-19, will be held in December in two phases, according to an official announcement on Tuesday.

According to a notification from the state election commissioner Alok Kumar, the polls to BTC’s 40 constituencies, which govern the four districts of Kokrajhar, Udalguri, Baksa and Chirang, will take place on December 7 and 10. Vote counting for both phases will take place on December 12.

In the first phase, the voting would take place in the districts of Udalguri and Baksa and in the second phase, the voting would take place in the districts of Kokrajhar and Chirang. The new survey, if any, would be carried out on December 8 and 11, for both phases.

The notification mentioned that the vote would be carried out following the general guidelines for conducting elections during Covid-19 issued by the Election Commission of India.

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Elections to the BTC, which was governed by the Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF), a partner of the BJP-led governing coalition in the state, were scheduled for April this year, but the entire region was placed under the governor’s government the same month as the polls. could not be detained due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

The campaign is underway in all four districts with large political rallies taking place daily. Despite being coalition partners in the state government, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the BPF are participating in the elections independently.

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