Two observers – Dwijen Singh (Additional Commissioner of Guwahati Municipal Corporation) and Kaberi Borkakati Sarma (Deputy Secretary of Social Welfare department) – have been observing election activates in Dhemaji sub-division, while another observer Partha Pegu (Deputy Secretary of Sports & Youth Affairs) has been camping and observing election process in Jonai sub-division.
Meanwhile, Dhemaji Deputy Commissioner Roshni Aparanji Krati and Jonai SDO (Civil) Nisarge Hivare have conducted press meeting separately and expressed about the election preparedness in areas under their respective jurisdictions.
Dhemaji sub-division has 3,25,983 voters and Jonai sub-division has 1,19,020 voters.
According to the District Election department, altogether 2,155 candidates including 23 Zilla Parishad Members (ZPM), 181 Anchalik Panchayat Members (APM), 205 Gaon Panchayat President (GPP) and 1,746 Gaon Panchayat Members (GPM) in the district are in the fray.
Jonai Sub-division alone has 490 candidates contesting the panchayat polls in its 15 Gaon panchayats including 6 ZPMs, 40 APMs, 43 GPPs and 401 GPMs. The Election department has already declared 14 GPMs as ‘unopposed’ after the scrutiny of nomination papers filed by the contenders.
There are a total 690 polling stations in the district, out of which 289 have been identified as sensitive and 39 as hyper-sensitive, which are spreading over 62 gaon panchayats.
In Dhemaji sub-division, panchayat poll will be held in five Zilla Parishad Constituencies (ZPC) and four Anchalik Panchayats, while in Jonai sub-division, the election will be held in two ZPCs under single Anchalaik panchayat.
The District Election department has conducted phase-wise training for the presiding and polling officers. Moreover, separate cells have been opened for smooth conduct of the election activities.
The district administration and police recently reviewed the law and order situation of the district bordering East Siang and Lower Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh and additional security personnel have been deployed in the sensitive and hypersensitive polling stations.
The police are also conducting checking on vehicles and frisking on the commuters at different portions along the National Highway 15 passing through the district.