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ECI team in Assam to hold discussions with stakeholders on ongoing delimitation exercise

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Guwahati, March 27: The Election Commission of India’s (ECI) full commission is on a visit to Assam to assess the ground reality and the expectations of the stakeholders, including political parties, civil society groups, and the general public regarding the ongoing delimitation exercise in the state.

This exercise has been stuck in limbo for the past 14 years, and the last delimitation in Assam happened way back in 1976. Unlike other parts of the country, where the delimitation of assembly and parliamentary constituencies is done by the delimitation commission, in Assam, the Election Commission is responsible for this task.

The Chief Election Commissioner, Rajiv Kumar, along with Commissioners Anup Chandra Pandey and Arun Goel, will be in Assam until March 28 to interact with recognized national and state political parties, public representatives, civil societies, and social organizations. The visit is aimed at understanding the ground realities and expectations of the stakeholders regarding the ongoing delimitation exercise.

In December of last year, the Election Commission announced the delimitation exercise of assembly and parliamentary constituencies in Assam using the 2001 census figures. Under the provisions of Delimitation Act, 1972, the last delimitation of constituencies in the state of Assam was done based on the census figures of 1971 by the then Delimitation Commission in 1976. This visit by the full commission of the Election Commission of India is expected to bring clarity and speed up the delimitation process in Assam.

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