The Election Commission on Wednesday announced that the 2021 Assam assembly elections will be held keeping in mind the Rongali Bihu festival and CBSE board exams. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora who along with other EC functionaries are on a three-day visit to the state to review preparedness for the forthcoming elections.
Addressing a media briefing, Arora said, “In view of COVID-19 social distancing norms, the Commission has specifically revisited some extant norms. As a result, the maximum number of electors at a polling station has been reduced from 1500 to 1000.”
The Election Commission on Wednesday stated that people in Assam excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) list can vote in the coming elections. The commission said that they will be able to vote as their names are on the voters’ list.
The CEC along with Election Commissioners Sushil Chandra and Rajiv Kumar is in Assam on a three-day-long program to review the poll preparedness for the upcoming Assembly elections in the state. After their arrival, the Election Commission (EC) held a discussion with Nitin Khade, CEO, Assam, and the Police Nodal Officer at a city hotel in Guwahati.
A team led by Dharmendra Sharma, Director General ECI, visited Assam on 11-13 Jan 2021 to assess preparedness for General Elections to Assam Legislative Assembly. Nitin Khade, CEO Assam conducted review meetings with various officials to ensure smooth conduct of ensuing elections pic.twitter.com/otEASIpOh3
— CEO Assam (@ceo_assam) January 13, 2021
The Legislative Assembly of Assam comprises 126 seats.
The polls for Assam Assembly are likely to be held in April-May, along with those in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala.
In a big move, Congress on Tuesday joined hands with five other political parties to ‘oust’ the Sarbananda Sonowal-led BJP government from Assam. The alliance was announced in the presence of Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, Assam in-charge Jitender Singh Alwar, and AICC general secretary Mukul Wasnik.
Assam Congress President Ripun Bora said that five political parties — CPM, CPI, CPI(ML), Anchalik Gana Morcha and AIUDF — had united with the Congress to “oust the BJP and save Assam”.
— Ripun Bora (@ripunbora) January 20, 2021