5 ‘illiterates’ in fray for assembly election; 3 each in youngest and oldest age groups

Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Apr 7: Five ‘illiterate’ candidates are in the fray for this year’s state assembly election. The analysis is according to the educational qualifications declared by the candidates themselves on the Election Commission of India’s (ECI) website.
The affidavits declared by the 184 candidates (including three unopposed) reveal that there are two literate candidates, five who are Class 5 pass, and 10 candidates who are Class 8 pass. There are 19 candidates who have cleared Class 10.
The highest number of candidates are graduates (61), followed by Class 12 pass (34), and graduate professional (27). Sixteen of the candidates are postgraduates, while only two have doctorates.
Three have been placed in the ‘others’ category.
Further, the age declaration of the candidates shows that there are three candidates each in the age group of 25-30 years (youngest) and in the age group of 71-80 years (oldest).
The highest number of candidates is in the 41-50 years age bracket (78 candidates).
There are 52 candidates in the age group of 51-60 years, 32 candidates in the 31-40 years age group, and 16 in the 61-70 years age group.