ITANAGAR, Oct 20 - All arrangements have been put in place for tomorrow�s bye-election to the Khonsa West Assembly constituency in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh.
The Khonsa West seat, which fell vacant due to the assassination of NPP MLA Tirong Aboh on May 21, is witnessing a straight fight in the bypoll between two independent candidates � late Aboh�s wife Chakat Aboh and Azet Homtok.
A total of 10,185 electorates are eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of the two candidates.
Apprising about the poll arrangements, Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief electoral officer Liken Koyu on Sunday said, �Security forces, including Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPF), and State police have been deployed in large numbers for tomorrow�s bypoll.�
The deputy CEO said that 24 companies of CAPF have been deployed for the election duty.
The voting will begin at 7 am in 23 polling stations spread across the constituency and continue till 4 pm, said Koyu, adding that all the polling teams have reached their respective booths along with the EVMs and other polling materials this afternoon.
�Each polling station will have four polling officials, including the presiding officer, and will be manned by one section of CAPF and 10 civil police personnel,� Koyu said.
A polling station at Kheti village has the highest number of electorates, 895, while another at Upper Chinhan village has the least number of voters, 86.
Chakat Aboh, the wife of slain National People�s Party leader Tirong Aboh, is being backed by five major political parties, including the ruling BJP and opposition Congress.
The bye-election to Khonsa West seat was necessitated after Tirong Aboh, who contested the April 11 Assembly election as NPP nominee and got re-elected, was gunned down by suspected NSCN militants on May 21, two days before the poll results were declared.
Counting of votes is scheduled to be held on October 24.