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|October 3, 1999||
Arunachal bucks the trend, sees peaceful polls
About 60 per cent of 6,09,174 electorate exercised their franchise in Arunachal Pradesh in two Lok Sabha constituencies and 56 assembly seats.
The polling was peaceful, as no incident was reported from Any part of the state. Even extremist-dominated Tirap and Changlang districts were incident-free following adequate security measures taken by the authorities, election office sources here said.
The poll percentage might go up as detailed reports from interior areas were yet to reach the state headquarters here, sources said.
Six candidates, including Union Minister of State for Tourism Omak Apang (Arunachal Congress) and member of dissolved Parliament Wangcha Rajkumar (Congress), are trying their luck in Arunachal west and Arunachal east Lok Sabha constituencies respectively.
In all 168 aspirants were in the fray for 56 assembly seats of a sixty-member house. Four congress members had already been declared elected unopposed. The ruling congress party had fielded its candidates in all the sixty assembly constituencies.
The regional Arunachal Congress was contesting 38 seats, the Bharatiya Janata Party 23, the Nationalist Congress Party 21, the Ajeya Bharat Party one and the remaining 29 were independents.
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