Dispur: The 126-member Assam Assembly is all set to contest the first phase of elections on Saturday. The state is likely to see a triangular combat between the ruling BJP-Asom Gana Parishad alliance, the Congress-led Grand Alliance and the newly formed Assam Jatiya Parishad in the first of the three-phased Assembly elections.
The ruling BJP is contesting in 39 seats while its alliance partner the AGP in 10 seats, with the two parties, engaged in a friendly contest in Lakhimpur and Naharkatiya constituencies. While, the Congress-led ‘Grand Alliance’ is contesting in all the seats, with the Congress putting up candidates in 43 constituencies and the AIUDF, CPI(ML-L), RJD and Anchalik Gana Morcha (contesting as an independent) in one seat each.
The newly formed AJP is contesting in 41 seats while there are 78 independents which include 19 independents of anti-CAA activist Akhil Gogoi’s Raijor Dal.
However, current Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s fate will be decided in this very phase from Majuli (ST) constituency where he is combating with three-time former Congress MLA and former minister Rajib Lochan Pegu.
-Phase-1 of state assembly elections ends for Assam, around 72.14% polling turnout witnessed in the north-eastern state till 6 pm. Biswanath district reported the highest turnout at 77.16 percent followed by Charaideo district at 73.29 percent. Dhansiri had reported the lowest at 70.76 percent.
-Among the 47 Assembly constituencies, Rupohihat reported the highest turnout at 83 percent, whereas the lowest turnout was seen in Nazira at 64 percent. These figures, however, could change once the EC updates the latest data.
— ANI (@ANI) March 27, 2021
-Estimated 66.02%voter turnout reported in Assam till 5 pm, while, Nagaon recorded the highest voting percentage at 79.83 percent while Nazaira saw the lowest at 64 percent
-Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal campaigns in Barhampur phase as his own constituency goes to poll
-Sonowal is addressing a rally in Barhampur today to seek votes for BJP candidate Jitu Goswami. Meanwhile, his own constituency, Majuli is underway polling today. He faces Rajib Lochan Pegu of Congress and Sishudhar Doley of AJP there.
Barhampur resounds with the call of #BJPOnceMoreInAssam.
Huge support for @BJP4India candidate Shri Jitu Goswami.
Let’s together carry forward Assam’s journey of progress and ensure a massive victory for BJP+. pic.twitter.com/46bU5hBxaS
— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) March 27, 2021
-51.4 percent polling recorded till 3 pm in Assam.
-As per EC 45.24% voter turnout was recorded till 1400. Voting for the first phase of Assam Assembly Elections 2021 began today, on March 27, with voters in 47 out of the state’s 126 constituencies exercising their franchise. Kaliabor recorded the highest voting percentage at 53.34% while Dibrugarh saw the lowest at 32.17 percent
-Assam Congress chief and two-time MLA Ripun Bora cast his vote at a polling booth in Gohpur, a constituency from where he is contesting against BJP’s Utpal Bora.
-While Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma mentioned the BJP’s efforts at combating the COVID-19 pandemic in election speeches, ASHA workers, ANMs and Anganwadi workers found no mention in the party’s manifesto.
-Sivasagar district will have 18 all women polling stations in the upcoming state Assembly election, an official said.
-The Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer, Sivasagar through an order issued on Saturday has selected six all women polling stations each for three Assembly constituencies Amguri, Thowra and Sivasagar – which have gone to polls today. In the all these polling stations, all the polling officials will be women.
-Additionally, two polling stations each for the three LACs of Sivasagar Election District were designated as model polling stations.
-Focus on 38 tea districts -Jorhat, Golaghat, Sibsagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Bishwanath and Sonitpur – in the first phase of the campaign as of the 47 constituencies going to polls today.
-Total 34.8% voter turnout recorded till 1 pm. Kaliabor recorded the highest voting percentage at 53.34% while Titabor saw the lowest at 20.18 percent
-BJP will be ‘shown the door’ in the Assam assembly elections for being “useless” allges Congress leader Jaiveer Shergill. “First phase will deliver first jhatka to BJP in Assam -People will give a strong message that “voters can’t be taken for granted”.
-Congress leader Rahul Gandhi urged people to cast their vote against the “divisive forces” and strengthen democracy.
-President of Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) Lurinjyoti Gogoi cast his vote at a polling centre in Tinsukia district during the first phase of Assam polls.
-Bihu decorations adorn Jorhat’s model polling booth, reflects state’s customs and traditions. The polling station also featured decorations like a charkha, traditional fishing equipment and a chepa, a fish trap on display. It also has a children’s play corner.
-In Batadraba, the first voter was given a traditional ‘gamusa’ and a sapling at a model polling station.
-Assembly Speaker Hitendranath Goswami faces former MLA and Congress leader Rana Goswami in Jorhat.
Overall voter turnout till 11:13 am in Assam was recorded at 23.57 percent. Here are some of the district wise breakup till 11:13 am:
-Congress leader and Lok Sabha MP Gaurav Gogoi cast his vote at a polling booth in Jorhat. “It’s a very emotional moment for me as it’s the first time after many years that I’m coming to a polling station without my parents. I’m confident that people are going to vote out politics of lies and deceit, and vote for politics that guarantee that their future is bright,” he told media.
-Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal cast his vote a polling centre in Dibrugarh, following which he told reporters that the BJP-AGP alliance will win over 100 of 126 Assembly seats.
-Sonowal went tothe polling booth after offering prayers at the Boga Baba Mazaar.
-Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra asked the people of Assam to vote for progress and “golden future” of state as polling began for the first phase of Assembly elections. To note, Priyanka had visited Assam for campaigns and rallies ahead of polls in the the state which is currently ruled by the BJP-AGP combine.
-EVM snags were reported at three voting centres of Mariani in Assam, News18 reported.. Meanwhile, voting is yet to commence at Ujoni Hatimora polling booth in Lahoal Assembly Constituency due to technical glitch in EVM.
-Assam recorded a voter turnout of 10.21 percent till 10 am, according to Election Commission figures. The highest turnout was recorded in Nazira district (15 percent) and the lowest in Sadiya (2.95 percent).
-Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people in Assam to go out in large numbers and vote in the first phase of the Assembly elections. “The first phase of elections begin in Assam. Urging those eligible to vote in record numbers. I particularly call upon my young friends to vote,” PM Modi tweeted minutes after polling began in 47 seats in Assam, particularly calling upon young voters.
Assam kick starts it Assembly polls under COVID-19 shadow as the cases continue to be reported in high numbers in India, a year after the pandemic began. While the time of polling has been extended by an hour to ensure protocols are followed, poll workers are distributing masks, sanitisers and gloves to voters at booths.
Temperature of voters being checked, arrangement of masks, gloves, and hand sanitiser made at a primary school – designated as a polling booth – in Lahowal Assembly constituency of Dibrugarh.#AssamAssemblyPolls pic.twitter.com/VOaY0Q0lGl
-As per latest figures released by the Election Commission, Assam registered a voter turnout of 5.62 percent till 9.10 am. While Nazira district recorded the highest polling percentage at 15, Sonitpur district registered the lowest number at 3.97 percent.
Polling extended by one hour in view of COVID-19 protocols. The voting began at 7 am and will end at 6 pm. Central security forces have also been deployed to prevent any untoward law and order situations. Strict patrolling is being carried out along with a vigil in critical areas in all the constituencies.
District – Sonitpur
18. Dergaon (SC)
19. Jorhat Jorhat
23. Majuli (ST)
33. Dhakuakhana (ST)
34. Dhemaji (ST)
35. Jonai (ST)
46. Doom Dooma
The phase one of the Assam Assembly elections, with around 81,09,815 voters, will decide the fate of 264 candidates which includes big shots like Chief Minister Sarbananada Sonowal, Atul Bora, Akhil Gogoi and Ripun Bora. Of the 81,09,815 voters, 40,77,210 are males, 40,32,481 are females and 124 are transgenders, who will exercise their franchise in 11,537 polling stations, which include 1,917 Auxiliary polling stations, created to maintain COVID protocols and spread over 6,433 locations. There are 23 women candidates and 78 independents in the fray for the first phase polls.
COVID-19 guidelines for polling day
All voters have been asked to wear masks or they will be provided with one at the polling station, while COVID mitigation facilities like sanitisers, thermal scanners, soap and handwashing facilities will be a part of Assured Minimum Facilities in each polling stations across the state, Assam’s Chief Electoral Officer Nitin Khade said.
Social distancing of six feet between each voter will be exercised while waiting to cast their vote must be maintained. Each voter will be provided with plastic gloves for touching the EVMs, said the poll officer.