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70% votes cast in Arunachal Pradesh

Around 70 per cent votes were cast in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday as polling for 57 of the 60 Assembly seats ended peacefully. The state election department said the final percentage would be available when reports from remote areas reached the state capital.

india Updated: Oct 13, 2009 17:31 IST

Around 70 per cent votes were cast in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday as polling for 57 of the 60 Assembly seats ended peacefully. The state election department said the final percentage would be available when reports from remote areas reached the state capital.

The percentage in the 2004 assembly elections had been 67.83. Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and two other Congress candidates have been elected unopposed from the three seats in Tawang district.

Prominent candidates in the fray are former chief minister Gegong Apang, who was elected seven times in a row from Tuting-Vinkiong, Kameng Dolo who is trying his luck for the eighth time from Chayangtajo, former union minister Omak Apang from Pasighat West and debutant Pomaya Mithi who is wife of former chief minister and present Rajya Sabha member, Mukut Mithi from Roing. All of them are from Congress.

The Congress contested all 60 seats. UPA allies, NCP and Trinamool Congress, put up 36 and 26 candidates respectively. The Trinamool Congress is contesting for the first time in the state and the BJP has put up 18 candidates. There are in all 151 candidates in the fray.