CONSTITUENCY DELIMITATION: Election Department sending data to ECI
The State Election Department has started sending the statistical data and maps to the (ECI) for the purpose of delimitation of parliamentary and assembly constituencies.
GUWAHATI: The State Election Department has started sending the statistical data and maps to the Election Commission of India (ECI) for the purpose of delimitation of parliamentary and assembly constituencies. The ECI sought a large mass of statistical data and maps from the State Election Department by January 15, 2023.
It was a Herculean task for the department and the district administrations to prepare and send all the maps and statistical data based on the 2021 census report in such a short period of time. According to sources in the department, they have sent the statistical data and maps of seven districts to the ECI. The department has asked the other districts to submit their data and maps at the earliest. The department will have to verify all the data and maps before sending them to the ECI. The department wants to complete the sending of data and maps to the ECI by February.
The Election Commission of India requires good quality district/taluk/tehsil/thana/city maps showing clearly the latest administrative units or development units, as the case may be, and clearly showing communication facilities and geographical features such as rivers, hills, mountains, lakes, etc.
The Union Ministry of Law and Justice recently asked the ECI to conduct the delimitation of parliamentary and assembly constituencies in Assam. Under the provisions of the Delimitation Act, 1972, the last delimitation of constituencies in Assam was done on the basis of 1971 census figures by the then Delimitation Commission in 1976.
The ECI will design and finalize its own guidelines and methodology for the purpose of delimiting the constituencies.
Once a draft proposal for the delimitation of constituencies in Assam is finalized by the Commission, it will be published in the Central and State Gazettes to invite suggestions and objections from the general public.