Assam: 37% turnout in Karbi Anglong Council elections till noon


Guwahati: 37% turnout in Karbi Anglong Council elections till noon  Polling for the Karbi Anglong Independent Council in Assam continues on Wednesday with more than 37 per cent voters exercising their franchise till noon, an official of the Assam State Election Commission (ASEC) said.

As of noon, 37.38 per cent of the 7,03,298 voters had exercised their franchise to elect 26 representatives, an ASEC official told reporters here.
Polling is being conducted through ballot papers as the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) was not regulated by the council.

Counting will take place on June 12 in the Karbi Anglong Independent Council (KAAC) elections.

The total number of voters in constituencies spread across two districts and one subdivision is 7,03,298, including 3,55,503 males, 3,47,790 females and five transgender people.
In addition to the KAAC polls, a by-election to the Koklabari constituency in the Baksa district of the Bodoland Territorial Council is also taking place on Wednesday, and so far 32% voting has been recorded.

The need for by-elections came as UPPL President Pramod Boro won both Goibari and Koklabari seats in the 2020 BTC elections and vacated the latter constituency.
Elections for the KAC have been held for the first time since the signing of the peace agreement with five rebel groups in Kirby Anglong District in September 2021, the third such agreement was reached with the militants in the mountainous district. Signed in 1995 and 2011.

With the signing of the Karbi Angling Agreement last year, a special development package of Rs 1,000 crore over five years was announced for the development of the Kirby areas.

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