Counting of votes for the recently concluded two-phase panchayat elections in Assam began from 8 am on Tuesday across all districts of Assam.
Elaborate arrangements have been made to conduct error-free counting.
A total of 78,571 candidates are contesting for the 26,808 panchayat seats.
Notably, around 82 per cent voting was recorded in the two-phase elections.
All major political parties including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress, Asom Gana Parishad AGP), Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF), Left parties and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) among others have put up their candidates in the elections.
Voting for the panchayat polls were held in two phases on December 5 and December 9.
Tight security arrangement has been put in place at all counting centres.
Initial trends from most places are expected only by Wednesday afternoon.
However, the final results from across various districts are likely to be available only by Thursday as voting was carried out using paper ballots.
Meanwhile, at least 734 candidates contesting in various panchayat seats were declared winners uncontested.
A total of 1,512 candidates are contesting for the 420 Zila Parishad member seats, 7,004 candidates are contesting for 2,199 anchalik panchayat member seats, 7,667 candidates are contesting for 2,199 gaon panchayat president seats and 62,388 candidates are in the fray for the 21,990 gaon panchayat ward member seats.
Meanwhile, at least 734 candidates contesting in various seats were declared winners uncontested.
Of them, 380 are from the BJP, 193 from the Congress and 28 from the AGP. AIUDF candidates got through uncontested in 10 seats, while the Bodoland People’s Front candidates were declared winners in five, CPI (M) in one and independents in 117 seats.