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Assam polls: Campaigning for first phase ends

According to ECI rules, election campaigning has to end in a constituency 48 hours before polling.

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Guwahati: Campaigning for the first phase of Assam Assembly elections came to an end today at 6 pm.

According to ECI rules, election campaigning has to end in a constituency 48 hours before polling.

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There are 264 candidates contesting in 47 constituencies going to polls in the first phase of Assam Assembly elections. In the first phase, there are a total of 81,09,815 general electors.

Of these, 40,77,210 are male, 40,32,481 are female and 124 are transgenders.

“The election campaign in 47 Assam Assembly constituencies under Phase-I will come to an end at 6 pm on March 25, i.e., 48 hours prior to the close of polls on March 27,” the Election Commission of India (ECI) said.

During this period, no person shall convene, hold or attend, join or address any public meetings, processions, etc, and display of election matter by means of television and similar apparatus, the ECI added.

“The result of any exit or opinion poll conducted shall not be published, publicized, or disseminated in any manner by print, electronic or any other media at any time during the period of 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for the closing of the poll,” ECI said.

This ban will continue till voting in a single phase, or multiple phases and in all the states where ECI notified election simultaneously is finally over.

“Violation will attract punishment of imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with a fine, or with both,” ECI added.

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