Itanagar, Apr 10 : The stage is set for Thursday's simultaneous Assembly and Lok Sabha polls in the North-Eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh where a total number of 7,98,248 electors will exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 193 candidates.
The voting will began at 7am in 2,202 polling stations across the state and end at 5pm.
A total of 181 candidates including 11 women candidates from seven political parties and Independent are in the fray for the 57 Assembly seats while for the West and East parliamentary seats there are seven candidates including an woman, and five candidates respectively.
Out of the 60 Assembly seats elections will be held in 57 seats. BJP has already bagged three seats unopposed. BJP has fielded candidates in all the seats followed by Congress on 46 seats, Peoples Party of Arunachal(PPA), a regional party of Arunachal Pradesh on nine.
National People’s Party (NPP) led by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma which is eyeing to expand its base has fielded candidates in 30 Assembly seats while Janata Dal (Secular) 12, Janata Dal (United) 15, All India Party (AIP) one and Independent on 11 seats. Arunachal West parliamentary seat which has 33 Assembly constituencies under it, would witness multi-corner contest. BJP has fielded its sitting MP and Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rjiju while the Congress has put up its veteran leader and former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki against him from the West seat. Jarjum Ete from JD (S) will take on Mr Rijiju and Mr Tuki.
NPP has fielded Khyoda Apik while PPA Subu Kechi. Jomin Nyokir Kara from All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) and Rumak Jomoh as Independent candidate are also in the fray for this seat. In Arunachal East parliamentary seat, five candidates are in the fray. BJP has fielded Tapir Gao, Congress L Wanglat, JD (S) Bandui Mili , PPA Mongol Yomso and Independent candidate CC Singpho.
A total of 7, 98,248 with 3, 94,456 males and 4, 03,792 females will exercise their franchise. Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) will be used in all the 2,202 polling stations spread over the entire State out of which 696 polling stations are identified as critical. The election will be webcasted in 150 polling stations besides offline webcasting in 200 polling stations, and 91 polling stations will be manned fully by women.
Polling Station no. 52 SE (Power) offices, East Side, Naharlagun under Itanagar Assembly constituency with 1340 voters has the highest number of electors in the State.
The polling station with least number of electors is Malogam under Hayuliang Assembly Constituency with one voter. Forty five companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) besides state force have been deployed across the state to ensure free and fair polls. The total number of polling personnel engaged is 13262. The highest amount of cash seized at one time is Rs 1.80 crore which was seized by the Flying Squad Team (FST) from two vehicles parked in premises of Siang Guest House in Pasighat under East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh on April 2.
In last elections, Arunachal Pradesh recorded around 77 per cent turnout. UNI