Stage Set for Majuli Byelection in Assam on Monday

Author: Eshita

The stage is set for a byelection in Assam’s Majuli assembly constituency on Monday, which will determine the fate of three candidates. The byelection has a total electorate of 1,33,227 people who are eligible to vote. The ruling BJP’s Bhuban Gam, the opposition’s joint nominee Chittaranjan Basumatary of the Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP), and the SUCI’s Bhaity Richong are the contestants in the race (C). Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma made two trips to the world’s largest river island to solicit votes for his party’s nominee, while opposition figures such as Assam Congress President Bhupen Bora, Raijor Dal President Akhil Gogoi, and AJP President Lurinjyoti Gogoi canvassed for Basumatary. The Congress had opted not to run for re-election. The Congress had opted not to run for the seat, instead handing it over to the AJP in an attempt to bring the anti-BJP forces together. Following the departure of Union Minister for Shipping, Ports and Aysuh Sarbananda Sonowal, who was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha on September 27, an election to the constituency was required. For the protection of voters and election workers, all reasonable precautions have been taken to ensure that all polling sites strictly follow COVID-19 safety regulations. Each polling station will be sanitised, and facilities such as thermal scanning, hand sanitizers, and face masks will be accessible. The constituency’s overall electorate is 1,33,227, with 67,819 men and 65,408 women. There are also 400 service voters, 2,965 voters between the ages of 18 and 19, 1,340 voters over the age of 80, and 400 voters in the PwD category. Senior citizens over the age of 80, PwDs, COVID-19 suspects or impacted persons, as well as those employed in critical services, now have the option of voting by postal vote. At all polling locations, Assured Minimum Facilities (AMF) such as drinking water, a waiting shed, a bathroom, enough lighting, and wheelchairs for PwD voters are available. At polling sites, arrangements such as transportation for the elderly and volunteer aid to PwDs and older persons are made. Meanwhile, both polling and counting days for the election have been declared dry days.

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