Locals to boycott Panchayat polls in Tezpur

Amal Nath

Tezpur, November 9: A group of locals in Dhekiajuli’s No 1 Bamun Pukhuri village on Friday staged a demonstration protesting against the upcoming Panchayat Polls 2018 and announced to boycott the same.

“Since the formation of the Panchayati raj, it has caste a dark shadow over the lives of general caste people as the government has given utmost importance to the several backward caste people by reserving seats,” said a local.

“This year, the Election Commission has distinctly mentioned for reservation of seats for the ST/SC. We have no other option and hence decided to boycott the Panchayat polls,” the local added.

The Panchayat polls in Assam will be held in two phases on December 5 and December 9 in 26 districts and 14 civil sub-divisions. The counting will take place on December 12.

A total of 1,56,41,456 voters will exercise their franchise out of which 8,12,38,35 are male and 7,51,76,21 are female voters.

A total of 23,505 polling stations will be set up out of which 8243 polling stations have been marked as ‘sensitive’ and 3665 as ‘very sensitive’. The last day to file nomination is November 15. Re-polling will take place on December 7 and December 11.