Elaborate security arrangements in place for smooth conduct of by-polls

ITANAGAR, Dec 19: Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place for peaceful conduct of the 21 December by-election to Likabali and Pakke-Kessang assembly constituencies.
Besides the state police, four companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) from outside the state have been deployed in the two constituencies.
CAPF and IRBn jawans will be deployed at all the ‘critical’ polling stations, informed Joint Chief Electoral Officer, DJ Bhattacharjee.
In Pakke-Kessang, a total of 7455 electors will exercise their adult franchise at 26 polling stations, while in Likabali, 39 polling stations have been set up for 10608 electors.
“Electronic voting machines (EVM) and voter verifiable paper audit trails (VVPATs) were commissioned and are ready to be dispatched to the polling stations,” Bhattacharjee said, adding that observers deployed by the Election Commission of India for both the constituencies have already arrived and are overseeing the overall election process.
Meanwhile, election campaign came to an end at 4 pm of Tuesday.
Pakke-Kessang constituency in East Kameng district will witness a direct fight between Bharatiya Janata Party candidate, Biyuram Wahge, and Indian National Congress party candidate, Kameng Dolo.
In Likabali, there will be a four-corned contest among Kardo Nyigyor (BJP), Modam Dini (INC), Gumke Riba (PPA), and Sengo Taipodia (IND).
Counting of votes will be done on 24 December.