Re-polling ordered in Arunachal across four districts, tight security ensured

Arunachal Pradesh is set for re-polling at eight polling stations located in Kurung Kumey, Upper Subansiri, Siang, and East Kameng districts on April 24th. The voting will commence from 6 am to 2 pm, according to State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Pawan Kumar Sain. The CEO specified that re-polling will occur in Sario Sara (Bameng assembly constituency), Dingser, Bogia Siyum, and Lengi (Nacho assembly constituency), Langte Loth (Nyapin assembly constituency), and Bogne and Molom (Rumgong constituency). Elaborate security measures have been put in place, with IGP (Law & Order) Chukhu Apa overseeing operations in Upper Subansiri district.

“SP rank officers will supervise all eight polling stations, with heavy deployments of central paramilitary forces. Any attempts to disrupt the voting process will be dealt with firmly,” stated the CEO. The decision for re-polling stems from instances of poll-related violence and malpractices, including EVM destruction and physical assaults on election agents. Allegations of polling agents entering booths and voters being denied ballots after 5 pm prompted re-polling in Bogne and Molom.

CEO Sain clarified that voters would be permitted to cast their ballots after the designated timing if necessary. Meanwhile, a request for re-polling in Nari-Koyu assembly constituency is under examination. The final voting percentages for the parliament and assembly elections stand at 77.51% and 82.71%, respectively, in Arunachal Pradesh.

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