ITANAGAR, April 10 - The stage is set for the simultaneous Assembly and Parliamentary polls in Arunachal Pradesh tomorrow in which 7.98 lakh voters will decide the fate of 181 candidates for the 60-member Assembly and 15 candidates for two Lok Sabha seats in the State.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made and more than 15,000 security personnel have been deployed to ensure free and fair elections, according to Additional Chief Electoral Officer Kanki Darang.
For area domination, 45 additional companies of the Central paramilitary forces (CPMFs) and 7,566 Arunachal Pradesh Police personnel have been deployed across the State.
The Arunachal Pradesh Governor, in exercise of the special Constitutional powers vested on him, is, on a daily basis, monitoring the law-and-order situation in the insurgency-infested Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts where the Indian Army and Assam Rifles are engaged in area domination and patrolling.
The polling will start at 7 am in the morning and continue till 5 pm, Darang said, adding that mock poll will be conducted in all polling stations one hour before the scheduled time of commencement of poll.
As many as 643 out of the total of 2,202 polling stations have been identified as critical. Besides the sector magistrates, the ECI has appointed 26 general observers, two police observers and 359 micro observers.
While informing that the State had registered 77 per cent turnout in the 2014 elections, the Additional CEO appealed to the voters to participate in this �festival of democracy� in large numbers and exercise their franchise to elect their leaders.
A total of 7,98,248 voters, including 3,94,456 men and 4,03,792 women, will decide the fate of 181 candidates, including 11 women nominees, in the fray for 57 out of the total 60 Assembly seats in the State. The ruling BJP has already won three Assembly seats uncontested.
On the other hand, 15 candidates, including seven for Arunachal West and five for Arunachal East seat, are contesting the Lok Sabha polls.
The counting of votes will take place on May 23.