Arunachal: Four candidates filed nomination for Khonsa West bypoll

A total of  four candidates including Chakat Aboh, wife of late Tirong Aboh, have filed nomination papers for the forthcoming bypoll  to the Khonsa West Assembly seat under Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh.


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“A total of four candidates have filed their nominations for ensuing bye-election to Khonsa West Assembly Constituency on the last day of filing papers on Monday,” in-charge Chief Electoral Officer of Arunachal Pradesh, DJ Bhattacharjee told reporters here.

The four candidates who filed their nominations are Chakat Aboh, Yumsem Matey, Wangchu Lowang and Azet Homtok, he said, adding that all of them have filed their papers as Independent nominees.

Bhattacharjee also informed that scrutiny of nominations will be taken up at 11 am on Tuesday while withdrawal is October 3.

On being asked about security arrangements for the forthcoming bye-polls, he said  that six companies of central forces were demanded for peaceful conduct of the bye-poll scheduled to be held on October 21.  Two companies have been given so far.

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“We are hopeful that the bye-polls will be conducted in a peaceful manner,” he stated.

In an all-party meeting chaired by Arunachal Chief Minister and BJP leader Pema Khandu on Saturday, representatives of various political parties like ruling BJP, Opposition Congress, NPP, Janata Dal (United) and People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) chose  Aboh as a consensus candidate and decided not to field any candidate from their respective parties against her.

The decision to extend their support to Aboh was taken to express their solidarity with family members of former MLA Tirong Aboh, who along with 10 others was killed by suspected NSCN militants in an ambush on May 21 – two days ahead of announcement of Assembly polls results.

The bye-election to Khonsa West seat was necessitated after Tirong Aboh, who contested the April 11 Assembly polls as NPP nominee, got re-elected from said seat.

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