Guwahati: Voting for the 47 seats of the Assam assembly seats across 12 districts in the first phase commenced at 0700 hrs on Saturday maintaining COVID-19 protocol.
According to the Election Commission, 81,09,815 voters including 40,77,210 males and 40,32,481 females are eligible to cast their votes at 1,1537 polling stations in the first phase.
The Assam assembly election 2021 will be held in three phases starting from March 27.
Meanwhile, polling will be extended for an hour in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) said.
The fate of some of the important politicians of the state will be decided today including Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal who is contesting from Majuli.
Assam Congress President Ripun Bora is fighting from Gohpur. Jailed farmers’ rights activist and president of newly formed Raijor Dal Akhil Gogoi is in the fray from Sibsagar.
Meanwhile, in former CM Tarun Gogoi’s seat Titabar, the Congress has positioned a new face, Bhaskar Jyoti Baruah. AGP President Atul Bora is contesting the Assam Assembly election 2021 from Bokakhat.
More than 37 incumbent MLAs are re-contesting in the Assam phase 1 elections 2021.
In 2016, the BJP and its ally AGP had won 35 of these seats.