Assam: Election Commission Unveils Delimitation Proposals, Maintains Current Number of Lok Sabha and Assembly Constituencies

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Assam Delimitation Proposal: EC Recommends Increase in SC and ST Assembly Seats

The Election Commission (EC) of India has recently unveiled its draft delimitation papers for the state of Assam. In the proposal, the EC suggests maintaining the current number of assembly seats at 126 and Lok Sabha constituencies at 14. However, a significant change is recommended in the allocation of seats for Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST).

Under the proposed delimitation plan, the number of assembly seats designated for SCs is set to increase from 8 to 9, while the number of seats reserved for STs is proposed to rise from 16 to 19. This adjustment aims to ensure better representation and empower marginalized communities within the state’s political landscape.

According to the EC’s draft, a total of 19 assembly seats and two parliamentary seats will be reserved for STs, while nine assembly seats and one parliamentary seat will be allocated for SCs. Notably, the autonomous districts of West Karbi Anglong are suggested to gain one additional assembly seat, and the autonomous council areas of Bodoland may witness an increase of three assembly seats, thereby accommodating the growing population and enhancing inclusivity.

In terms of parliamentary representation, the ST-reserved seats in Diphu and Kokrajhar will be retained, while the parliamentary seat in Lakhimpur will remain unreserved. Additionally, Dhemaji district will have one open assembly seat, and the Barak Valley districts are proposed to have two parliamentary seats. Moreover, Kaziranga has been identified as a name for one of the seats in the parliament.

To gather feedback and address concerns, the Election Commission plans to visit Assam the following month and welcomes suggestions and objections from the public until July 11. In the initial stages, the Commission engaged with various stakeholders, including political parties, public representatives, civil society members, social organizations, and state officials such as the chief electoral officer, deputy commissioners, and district election officers of all districts. The opinions and inputs from 11 political parties and 71 different organizations were taken into consideration during the process.

The delimitation exercise in Assam aims to create a fair and balanced representation of diverse communities within the state’s legislative and parliamentary bodies. By providing adequate seats for SCs and STs, the Election Commission strives to strengthen democratic principles and ensure equitable political participation for all citizens.

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