Itanagar: The by-election to the Khonsa (West) Assembly Constituency in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tirap district came to an end with 89% voters exercising their franchise on Monday.
The constituency, which witnessed a straight contest between two independent candidates — Chakat Aboh and Azet Hamtok — has a total of 10,185 electorates, including 4,959 male and 5,226 female voters. The total number of polling stations set up for the by-poll was 23.
While Chakat belongs to the Dadam Village of Tirap district, Hamtok is a native of Lonyen Village in Lazu circle of the district.
“The campaign and voting period was largely peaceful and the poll percentage was very high. In all, 12 companies of paramilitary forces IRBn and state police under the supervision of two SPs to assist the Tirap SP have been deployed in the entire constituency for peaceful conduct of election,” officials from the Election Commission of India said.
The counting of votes will be held on October 24 from 8 am, the officials said.
The Khonsa (West) seat had fallen vacant after its sitting MLA Tirong Aboh, his 20-year-old son and nine others were brutally gunned down by suspected insurgents in Tirap district on May 21 this year.
Aboh, who had contested this year’s assembly elections as a National People’s Party (NPP) candidate, was on his way to Khonsa, the district headquarters of Tirap, from Dibrugarh in Assam when suspected Naga militants opened fire on his four-vehicle convoy.
Aboh had also retained the seat by defeating his lone rival, Phawang Lowang of the BJP, by 1,055 votes.
The National Investigation Agency is currently looking into the case.
Following the killings, all the major political parties of the state, including the BJP, had declared Chakat, the widow of the slain MLA, as their consensus candidate for the seat.