Election Commission team In Assam To Review Delimitation Exercise today

HY News 27 March, 2023 10:44 am IST

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Ahead of the delimitation of constituencies in Assam, the full team of the Election Commission of India arrived in Guwahati on Sunday on a three-day visit to the state for holding consultations with various stakeholders, including political parties and civil societies.

Quoting state’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Nitin Khade, news agency PTI reported that Chief election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar and Commissioners, Anup Chandra Pandey and Arun Goel, will hold discussions with the stakeholders on Monday.

The EC has been entrusted with the delimitation exercise for redrawing the territorial boundaries of the assembly and parliamentary constituencies of the northeastern state.

In a statement on Saturday, Khade said the Election Commission team usually visits the states concerned after draft publication of the proposal.

“The Commission will again come after the publication of the draft proposal in newspapers. Thus stakeholders will be getting two opportunities to interact with the Commission to make the delimitation process more inclusive, participatory and transparent,” he added.

The CEO said stakeholders/ public will be able to send their suggestions/ inputs by April 5 at the email [email protected] and [email protected], for those who could not come to meet the Commission.

An official said the Election Commission team will meet the CEO and other officials on Sunday evening.

It is reported that the EC team are scheduled to address a press conference on Tuesday. The process for delimitation started on January 1, 2023, using the 2001 census figures, according to a notification issued by the Election Commission on December 27 last year.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had said in the state Assembly earlier this month that the re-drawing of constituencies was stalled as the then-Congress government had written to the delimitation commission that law and order situation was “not conducive” for the exercise.

On December 31, 2022, the Assam Cabinet decided to merge four districts with the ones from which they were carved out and made separate districts. Biswanath was merged with Sonitpur, Hojai with Nagaon, Tamulpur with Baksa and Bajali with Barpeta.

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