- Arunachal is all set for the by-polls for the two assembly constituencies
- The election campaigning has come to an end on Tuesday
- The two constituencies are Pakke-Kessang and Likabali
On Thursday, Arunachal will be having by-poll elections for the two constituency seats vacant in the state for a long time. The two constituencies are Pakke-Kessang and Likabali.
Counting of votes on Dec 24
Arunachal to go for by-polls for the two constituencies in the state on Thursday. The two assembly constituencies are Pakke-Kessang and Likabali the campaigning for which has come to an end on Tuesday.
“All preparations for successful polling have been completed and polling parties will move to their respective polling stations from today,” joint chief electoral office DC Bhattacharjee said.
Adding to this, he said, Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail(VVPAT) system will be used for the first time.
The counting of votes for these elections will take place on December 24.
While Pakke-Kessang in East Kameng district will see a straight contest between former deputy chief minister Kameng Dolo from Congress and BR Waghe from BJP, Likabali in West Siang will witness a multi-cornered fight with four candidates in the fray that includes Kardo Nyigyor from BJP, Modam Dini from Congress, Gumke Riba from People’s Party of Arunachal and Independent candidate Sengo Taipodia.
Talking about the security set-up in the state, elaborate security arrangements have been put in place, with state police, ITBP and four companies of central paramilitary forces pressed into action.
For Pakke-Kessang, 150 polling personnel have been deployed, while 220 personnel will conduct polling in Likabali, Bhattacharjee said.
The Likabali seat fell vacant after health minister Jomde Kena died on September 4 this year.
The Pakke-Kessang constituency fell vacant after Guwahati High Court declared the election of Kameng Dolo as null and void following a petition filed by BJP nominee Atum Welly, who alleged that his withdrawal papers had been forged, putting him out of the running.