Guwahati, Nov 30 (PTI) Assam government has declared a public holiday under the Negotiable Instrument (NI) Act in the state’s 16 districts going to polls in the first phase of the Panchayat elections on December 5. Also Read - Assam blasts case: CBI court awards life imprisonment to NDFB chief, 9 others

All Government/Non Government offices, educational institutions and business establishments including banks, tea garden and industries in those 16 districts will remain closed on the day, an official release said Friday. Also Read - International Yoga Day observed in Assam

The 16 districts are Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Charaideo, Jorhat, Majuli, Golaghat, Nagaon, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Morigaon, Kamrup (M) and Kamrup District.

Panchayat elections in the state will be held in two phases on December 5 and 9. The counting will take place on December 12.

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