Election Commission Proposes Retaining 126 Assembly and 14 Lok Sabha Seats in Assam as it Releases Draft Delimitation Papers

The Election Commission (EC) has unveiled the draft delimitation papers for Assam, proposing to retain the number of assembly seats at 126 and Lok Sabha constituencies at 14. In an official statement, the EC also suggested an increase in the reserved seats for Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST).

According to the proposal, the EC aims to increase the assembly seats reserved for Scheduled Castes from eight to nine and Scheduled Tribes seats from 16 to 19. The draft delimitation proposes reserving 19 assembly and two parliamentary seats for STs, as well as nine assembly, and one parliamentary seat for SCs.

The EC further recommends increasing the number of assembly seats in the autonomous districts of West Karbi Anglong by one and in Bodoland autonomous council areas by three, bringing the total from 16 to 19 seats.

The delimitation proposal retains the Diphu and Kokrajhar parliamentary seats as reserved for STs, while the Lakhimpur Parliamentary seat remains unreserved. The draft also suggests one unreserved assembly seat in Dhemaji district and two parliamentary seats for the Barak Valley districts. Additionally, a parliamentary seat has been named as Kaziranga.

The EC has invited suggestions and objections from the public until July 11. The commission plans to visit the state next month to gather further input.

During the earlier visit to Assam from March 26 to March 28, the EC engaged with political parties, public representatives, civil society members, social organizations, and various officials, including the chief electoral officer and district election officers. A total of 11 political parties and 71 other organizations submitted representations, which were taken into consideration during the delimitation exercise in the state.

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