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Tuesday , April 2 , 2013
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Govt fails to meet council poll roll date

Dhubri, April 1: The electoral roll of Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council, election to which is scheduled for April 30, was not published today as announced by the state election commission earlier.

Officials of Goalpara and Kamrup districts said preparation of the final draft for the villages (or delimitation of constituencies) in the council area was still on and it would take another week to submit it to the election commission. After the draft is approved, the process for publication of the list of villages would be taken up, after whi-ch preparation for publication of the electoral roll will be taken up, they added.

The cabinet sub-committee, headed by relief and rehabilitation minister Prithibi Majhi, has convened a meeting of officials of Goalpara and Kamrup districts in Dispur on Thursday to discuss the final draft of villages and publication of electoral roll, among other issues, a senior official of Goalpara said.

Goalpara deputy commissioner Pritam Saikia said the hearing of claims and objections on the villages had been completed. “The report is likely to be prepared within a week and we could submit it to the state election commission on Monday.”

After the commission approves it, the final draft of villages will be published, he added. According to an earlier notification by the commission, the final list of delimitation of constituencies should have been published on March 8.

The draft electoral roll was to be published by March 13 and the final electoral roll by April 1. The commission was to notify the poll date on April 2.

The last date for filing nominations was April 9 and scrutiny of nominations was to be completed on April 10. The last date for withdrawing nominations and publishing the final list of candidates was April 12 and polls to the council were to be held on April 30. Counting and declaration of results was to take place on May 2.

The officials said the council poll was unlikely to be held on the date notified as only a part of the poll process had been completed and the commission would have to declare fresh dates to complete the next phase of electioneering.

Rabha organisations expressed deep resentment over the delay.

All Rabha Students’ Union vice-president Jiban Rabha said the government had deliberately delayed the process and the entire process, right from preparation of draft of villages, had progressed at a snail’s speed.

“The government will be in trouble as the six-month deadline given by Gauhati High Court to conduct the council poll will expire this month,” he added.

He said there was hardly any complicacy over holding the poll as Rabha Hasong Joint Movement Forum had held meetings with Kamrup and Goalpara district administrations on March 21 and 25 where issues concerning the draft of villages had been sorted out. He said the government should show its sincerity to hold the council poll without further delay.