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Stage set for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in NE states

Stage set for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in NE states
Polling personnel in Manipur’s Jiribam district heading to polling stations on boat over Barak River on Wednesday. (NP) and Election officials carry EVMs after collecting them from a distribution centre ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, in Dibrugarh district, Wednesday.
Correspondents Guwahati/IMPHAL/Shillong/Itanagar/ Aizawl/ Agartala/Sikkim, Apr 10 | Publish Date: 4/10/2019 12:30:13 PM IST

The stage is set for conduct of the Lok Sabha polls in all Northeastern states along with assembly elections in Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and by-election in Mizoram. 

In Assam, an electorate of 76,03,458, including 38,65,334 male, 37,37,970 female and 154 of the third gender will exercise their franchise in 9,574 polling stations in Tezpur, Kaliabor, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur Lok Sabha constituencies.

Tight security arrangements have been made across the five constituencies to ensure smooth conduct of polling, Assam Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia said.

Altogether 40 companies of para-military forces have been deployed in the first phase while the state police force is also engaged in ensuring free and fair polls.

Altogether 1,300 polling booths have been identified as critical and adequate security arrangements have been made to ensure free and fair polls, Chief Electoral Officer Mukesh Sahu said.

Around 45,950 polling personnel have been deployed in the first phase and they have started moving out since Tuesday but most of them have left for their polling booths Wednesday.

Beside buses, the polling personnel are also using boats to reach inaccessible areas along the river banks though no animals are being used this time.

The district election officers have also made special arrangements for people with disabilities and senior citizens, particularly those above the age of eighty, Sahu said.

Lakhimpur has the highest number of 11 candidates in the fray with the main contest between sitting BJP MP Pradhan Barua and Congress candidate Anil Borgohain.

In the Dibrugarh constituency eight candidates are in fray.

In the neighbouring Jorhat constituency, eight candidates are in fray.

In Kaliabor, sitting Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi is pitted against AGP's Moni Madhab Mahanta while in Tezpur constituency state Power Minister Pallab Lochan Das of the AGP is fighting it out against retired bureaucrat M G V K Bhanu of the Congress.

There are two women candidates - Ribulya Gogoi of the Trinamool Congress and an Independent Nandita Gogoi, both are contesting from Jorha seat.

 MANIPUR: Eight candidates are the fray for the Outer Manipur (ST) Parliamentary Constituency seat which will go to poll on Thursday. 

“All is set for smooth conduct of the first phase poll in Outer Manipur (ST) Parliamentary Constituency,” said officials in the CEO Manipur office said on Wednesday.

They said that most of the polling officials have reaching their respective polling stations while othes were expected to reach late night.

Polling officials were deputed at 124 polling located in the far interior of hill districts of Churachandpur, Ukhrul, Chandel and Tamenglong were airlifted, the official said. 

The Outer Manipur PC spreads over 28 Assembly segments -20 in hill districts, seven in Thoubal and Kakching districts and one in Jiribam district.

A total of 1010618, which includes 495583 males, 515022 females and 13 voters in third gender category are expected to exercise their franchise. 

The constituency has also total of 11,347 service voters. 

Voting will be held at 1,562 polling stations. 

Manipur has two Lok Sabha seats – Outer Manipur and Inner Manipur.  Election to the Inner Manipur seat will be held on April 18 during the second phase. (Correspondent)

MEGHALAYA:  Over 19 lakh voters are expected exercise their franchise on Thursday to elect two new members of the Lok Sabha from Meghalaya.

 Meghalaya has two parliamentary constituencies - Shillong and Tura.  Six of the nine candidates are millionaires.

In Shillong parliamentary constituency, there are six candidates include outgoing MP Vincent H. Pala, who is pitted against Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Sanbor Shullai, United Democratic Party’s (UDP) Jemino Mawthoh and three Independents – T.H.S.Bonney, Romeo Phira Ranee and Samuel Hashah.

However, all eyes will focus on the Tura seat where former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma of the Congress is confident to defeat former Union Minister and National People's Party (NPP) nominee Agatha Kongkal Sangma and Meghalaya's BJP vice-president Rikman G. Momin.

Though, the BJP which is part of NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government, the saffron party is fighting the elections on its own.

Both Mawthoh and Agatha Sangma, the sister of the Chief Minister and the youngest daughter of former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno Agitok Sangma, will contest on symbols of their own party's - the UDP and the NPP, respectively.

Votes can be cast from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 “We are all geared up for the polling. We expect a peaceful and smooth polling but our challenge is the weather which is not under our control,” Chief Electoral Officer, Frederick Roy Kharkongor said. (Correspondent )

ARUNACHAL PRADESH: Necessary arrangements, including adequate deployment of security personnel in insurgency-hit districts, have been made for the smooth conduct of elections in two Lok Sabha seats and 57 assembly constituencies in Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday.

"Polling parties, along with consignments for 518 remote and inaccessible booths out of the total 2,002 polling stations in the state, have already reached their destinations," Additional Chief Electoral Officer Kangki Darang said.

On the security arrangements for the polls, Inspector General of Police Sunil Garg said, "We have deployed 45 companies of Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPF) comprising ITBP, CRPF, IRBn, along with over 7,000 state civil police personnel."

Maximum security personnel have been deployed in insurgency-hit Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts, he said.

Seven candidates, including one woman, are trying their luck in the Arunachal West parliamentary seat along with five candidates for the Arunachal East Lok Sabha seat.

The ruling BJP had already opened its account in the assembly polls by winning three seats unopposed.

A total of 7,94,162 voters, including 4,01,601 women, are eligible to exercise their franchise in 2,202 polling stations spread across the state.

There are also 3,000 odd physically challenged voters in the state.

This time, there are also 11 polling stations exclusively for women.

The BJP has fielded candidates in all the remaining 57 assembly seats while the Congress is contesting in 46 seats, the NPP in 30 seats, JDU in 15 constituencies, JDS (12), PPA (9) and the All India Party (AIP) in one seat.

There are also 11 independents in the fray for the assembly polls in the state.

MIZORAM: All the polling parties have reached their respective polling stations to conduct election to the lone Mizoram Lok Sabha seat and bypoll to the Aizawl West-I assembly seat on Thursday, an official said.

Joint chief electoral officer H Lianzela said that 4,409 security personnel, including 12 companies of central armed police force (CAPF), 20 companies of state armed police and 22 companies of unarmed police were deployed for the polls.

The fate of six candidates for the Lok Sabha seat would be decided by an electorate of 7,78,777. Three nominees are in the fray in the Assembly bypoll.

Polling would be held in 1,175 polling stations across the state and 15 special polling stations at Mizoram-Tripura border Kanhmun village, where 12,081 Bru voters lodged in the Tripura relief camps would exercise franchise.

TRIPURA: The stage is set for over 13 lakh voters to exercise their franchise for the West Tripura Lok Sabha seat which would go to the polls on Thursday.

Chief Electoral Officer, Sriram Taranikanti said, elections would begin at 7 am and would continue till 5 pm and adequate security arrangements have been made.

The CEO said 13,47,381 voters including 6,82,044 male and 6,65,327 female voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in 1679 polling stations of the constituency.

Altogether, 13 candidates including BJP's Pratima Bhowmick, CPI(M) nominee Shankar Prasad Datta and Subal Bhowmick of the Congress are in the fray.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechuri have campaigned in the state.

Director General of Police Akhil Kumar Shukla said 64 companies of Central Arms Police Forces (CAPFs) have been deployed in different areas of the state along with state police and Tripura State Rifles (TSR) for the first phase of the polls.

Tripura has two Lok Sabha seats - West Tripura and East Tripura. Election to the East Tripura seat will be held on April 18 during the second phase.

SIKKIM: An electorate of over 4 lakh would exercise their franchise on Thursday to elect a new 32-member Sikkim Legislative Assembly as well as its only Lok Sabha member.

All arrangements have been made to conduct simultaneous polls in a free and fair manner on 32 Assembly seats as well as the lone Lok Sabha as per the guidelines of the Election Commission of India, Sikkim's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ravindra Telang told PTI.

The polling will be held from 7 am to 5 pm at 567 polling stations spread over four districts in Sikkim, he said.

There are 150 candidates in fray on 32 Assembly seats, while 11 candidates are contesting for the lone Lok Sabha seat.

Prominent candidates include Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kimar Chamling, who is seeking a record eighth successive term as an MLA. He is contesting from two Assembly seats - Poklok-Kamrang and Namchi-Singhithang.

Former footballer Bhaichung Bhutia, who is the working president of the Hamro Sikkim party (HSP) has entered into fray from two assembly seats as well, including Gangtok, reserved seat for the indigenous Bhutia-Lepcha communities.

As many as 39 of 567 polling station will be manned by all-women personnel.

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