Slain MLA Tirong Aboh (left) and his wife Chakat Aboh Credit: File image
Chakat Aboh, wife of slain MLA Tirong Aboh, contested the by-poll to Khonsa West constituency on Oct 21 as an independent candidate

Itanagar : The counting for Khonsa (West) Assembly constituency in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tirap district is over. Chakat Aboh, the consensus candidate of all the political parties and widow of slain MLA Tirong Aboh, has been declared the winner.

While Chakat Aboh secured 5,705 votes, her rival Azet Homtok (independent) got 3,818 votes.

The by-election to the constituency, which took place on October 21, had witnessed 89% voters exercising their franchise.

The constituency witnessed a straight contest between two independent candidates — Chakat Aboh and Azet Hamtok. It 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 Dadam Village of Tirap district, Hamtok is a native of Lonyen Village in Lazu circle of the district.

Khonsa West MLA Tirong Aboh and 10 others were killed in an ambush by insurgent groups near Bogapani in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tirap district on May 21

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.

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