Polling for panchayat, civic bodies underway in Arunachal

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Published: December 22,2020 10:23 AM
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December 22, 2020: The panchayat and municipal elections in Arunachal Pradesh is underway since the morning.

December 22, 2020: The panchayat and municipal elections in Arunachal Pradesh is underway since the morning.



While ballot papers are being used for panchayat constituencies, while EVMs have been used for elections to Itanagar Municipal Corporation (IMC) and Pasighat Municipality.



A total of 4.89 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise at 1,472 polling stations.



The elections have been delayed by over two years due to various reasons.



Elaborate security arrangements have been made to ensure smooth and peaceful polling.



More than 8,000 security personnel, including nine companies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), besides 7,517 state police personnel have been deployed for the elections.



258 polling stations have been identified as hyper-sensitive, and 536 as sensitive.



The state has 25 Zilla Parishads with 241 constituencies and 2,215 gram panchayats with 8,436 constituencies.



The IMC has 20 wards while the Pasighat Municipality has eight.



The ruling BJP has already won 96 of the 241 Zilla Parishad Member constituencies unopposed, while election to the Vijoynagar seat in Changlang district will not be held due to the prevailing law and order situation there.



Vijoynagar recently witnessed violent protests over the voting rights of former Assam Rifles personnel.



The saffron party has also won 5,410 of the total 8,436 gram panchayat constituencies and five seats in the IMC.



Elections will not be held in the entire Dibang Valley district as all the segments in both Zilla Parishad and gram panchayat have been won by the ruling party unopposed.