Counting of votes in the Assam Assembly election will start at 8 a.m. today. A total of 946 candidates  (872 males and 74 females)  are in the fray for the election to the 126-member Assam Assembly.

The Election Commission has made arrangements for the counting of votes for the Assam assembly poll by putting in place measures to ensure strict adherence to the Covid-19 protocols.

A three-tier security apparatus has been made at the 331 counting halls of which 279 EVM counting halls and 52 postal ballot counting halls across the state.

Approximately 35,000 counting officials, and agents of candidates, to be engaged in the counting process, have got themselves tested on April 30 in pre-identified and notified testing centres, the state government has said.

Almost all the exit polls have predicted a win for the BJP-led alliance.

India Today-Axis My India has given 75-85 seats to the BJP-led alliance and 40-50 seats to the Congress-led grand alliance in the state.

Republic TV-INX has given 74-84 seats to the BJP-led alliance and 40-50 seats to Congress-led Mahajot.

According to ABP-C Voter Exit Poll, the BJP-led alliance is ahead in Assam with 58-71 seats, Congress-led alliance to get 53-66 seats.

As per Today’s Chanakya, BJP will retain power in Assam with 70 seats, Congress to get 56 seats.

Times Now has predicted BJP+ will get 65 seats, whereas Congress+ is expected to get between 59 seats.

This time, there are two major alliances in the election. The one led by the BJP consists of the regional AGP and UPPL.

The Congress-led alliance — called ‘Mahajot’— includes AIUDF, the Anchalik Gana Morcha (AGM), CPI, CPI (M), CPI (ML), BPF and RJD.

The BJP contested 92 seats and its allies AGP and UPPL contested 26 and eight seats respectively.

On the other side, Congress claimed 94 seats for itself, AIUDF contested 24, BPF got 12, and CPI (M) got two seats and CPI and CPI (ML) have contested in one seat each.

The elections to the 126 seats Assembly took place amid a bitter campaign run by all parties.

The voting for the three-phase Assam Assembly elections began on March 27 and concluded on April 6.

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