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Vote counting underway for NC Hills Council polls amid severe security measures

In anticipation of the voting on January 8, poll workers were sent to their designated polling places for the council's thirteenth election. 

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The North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council election vote counting has begun in the Assam district of Dima Hasao, amid severe security protocols. In anticipation of the voting on January 8, poll workers were sent to their designated polling places for the council’s thirteenth election. 

Today at 8 AM, the votes were counted, and as of right now, the BJP is ahead in two seats. Voting took place in 22 of the 28 constituencies, and six candidates had been winners without opposition. 100 of the 280 voting places were previously designated as “sensitive” and 27 as “very sensitive” by the Assam State Election Commission, recommending more caution owing to possible hazards. 

In order to guarantee that all staff members—including zonal magistrates, sector officials, presiding officials, and police personnel—were present for the election, the polling officials were deployed in two stages.

Himanta Biswa Sarma, the chief minister of Assam, vigorously pushed for voter support for the BJP during the election campaign. He highlighted promises to upgrade medical facilities, strengthen connectivity, and develop the hill district into a popular tourist attraction. 

Sarma also emphasised the government’s efforts in restoring train and road connectivity post-landslide in 2022 and during the COVID-19 epidemic, along with commitments of financial aid for higher education and support for women under the Orunodoi initiative.

The election is important because it will determine how the North Cachar Hills are run locally, giving the area autonomy within the state of Assam. The outcome of this election is eagerly anticipated since it will define the structure and direction of the council for the upcoming term.

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