The Assam State Election Commission (ASEC) is contemplating for exploring measures to hold the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) polls with certain COVID19 related protocols.

The State Election Commission has proposed for setting up of auxiliary polling stations to adhere to the social distancing norms, avoid unnecessary gathering and timely completion of polling process.

The Commission has dashed off letters to the deputy commissioners of Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri along with the SDO(C) of Gossaigaon, Parbatjhora, Bijni, Salbari,  Tamulpur,  Bhergaon on July 21 to carry out survey for setting up of auxiliary polling stations.

The letter said the bureaucrats must submit the assessment and report the commission back by August 6.

As per sources, the BTC polls are likely to be held in September -October.

The BTC poll was earlier slated for April 4 and it was postponed indefinitely in view of the COVID19 pandemic.

Apart from the former ruling party, Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), the Pramod Boro-led United People’s Party (UPPL) has fielded candidates in all the 40 seats.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded 26 candidates, Congress-AIUDF have jointly fielded 20 candidates while Naba Kumar Sarania-led Gana Surakha Party (GSP) is backing several independent candidates.

Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) has 46 members.

While BTC polls will be held to elect 46 members the governor will nominate six members from non-represented communities.

Shajid Khan

Shajid Khan is Northeast Now Correspondent in Udalguri. He can be reached at: itsshajidkhan@gmail.com