The BTC runs the administration in the districts of Kokrajhar, Baksa, Chirang and Udalguri, home to most of Assam's three million Bodo tribals.

Security forces have drawn up an elaborate plan to ensure smooth polls, the third in a series, to the council since it was set up in 2003.

Voting will take place for 40 seats. The Assam governor later nominates six members from the unrepresented communities in the region.

A total of 333 candidates are contesting in 40 constituencies, up from 149 in 2010. But there are only nine women among the hopefuls.

The Bodoland election assumes significance for political parties in Assam, particularly ahead of assembly elections early next year.

Security arrangements have been reviewed at regular intervals, fearing that the anti-talk faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) might try to disturb the election process.

"There has been sufficient deployment of forces in all the sensitive areas," said a senior Assam Police official.

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