Assam: Delimitation of Constituencies Initiates by ECI

Guwahati: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has started delimiting Assembly and parliamentary seats in Assam as per Section 8A of the RP Act, 1950.

The 2001 Census data will be used for the purpose of readjusting the state’s Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies.

The Chief Electoral Officer of Assam was instructed by Election Commissioners Anup Chandra Pandey and Arun Goel to raise the issue with the state government in order to issue a complete ban on the creation of new administrative units, effective January 1, 2023, until the conclusion of the state’s delimitation exercise.

The 2001 census results will be used to alter the state’s parliamentary and assembly constituencies, as required by Article 170 of the Constitution.

According to Articles 330 and 332 of the Indian Constitution, reserved seats would be given to members of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

The Commission will develop and then finalise its own standards and procedures for the purpose of defining the constituencies.

The Commission will keep in mind the physical characteristics, current administrative unit boundaries, communication facilities, public convenience, and, to the extent practical, the constituencies will be maintained as geographically compact areas.

After the Commission has finalised a draught proposal for Assam’s constituency delineation, it will be published in the state and federal gazettes to allow for public comment and objections. Additionally, a notice outlining the time and location of public sittings to be held in the state will be published in two local vernacular media.

The Union Ministry of Law & Justice has asked the Election Commission of India to carry out the delineation of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies in the state.

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