From our correspondent
Itagar, Dec 21: An estimated 68.5 per cent of voters exercised their franchise in the bypolls for Pakke-Kessang and Likabali constituencies in Aruchal Pradesh on Thursday.
While Pakke-Kessang recorded 86 per cent polling, the Likabali constituency recorded a polling of 51 per cent, Joint Chief Electoral officer D J Bhattacharjee said. He, however, said that polling percentage in both constituencies would go high as reports from several polling stations are yet to be received by the election office here. The polling, which began at 7am in the morning, was largely peaceful except an incident of EVM damage at Siberity, a polling booth in Likabali constituency where polling was suspended, Bhatacharjee said.
“Technical sg also developed in one EVM at Durpai polling station under Likabali due to which polling was suspended,” the joint CEO said, adding re-polling would be ordered in both the polling booths. The voter turnout was moderate during the morning hours due to chilly weather condition. However, it gained momentum as the day progressed.
Elaborate security arrangements were made with State police, ITBP and four companies of Central paramilitary forces being deployed. The critical polling booths were covered by CRPF and IRB personnel.
Altogether, 150 polling personnel were deployed for Pakke-Kessang, while 220 for the Likabali constituency, Bhattacharjee said. The
Pakke-Kessang Assembly seat has 7,455 voters including 3943 females while; Likabali has 10608 electorates including 5331 female voters.
Former Deputy Chief Minister Kameng Dolo (Congress) locked horns with BJP nominee B R Waghe in Pakke-Kessang, while the Likabali constituency would see a multi-cornered contest with four candidates in the fray including Kardo Nyigyor (BJP), Modam Dini (Congress), Gumke Riba of Peoples’ Party of Aruchal and Independent candidate Sengo Taipodia.