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Panchayat polls in Arunachal on May 26

india Updated: Apr 29, 2008 15:21 IST

Arunachal Pradesh is going to poll on May 26 next to choose 9364 members of panchayat institutions from village to district levels.

The state conducted the last panchayat elections on April 2, 2003 all over the state excepting Tirap district adjoining Nagaland in view of the activities of insurgent groups from the neighbouring state.

Altogether 80 of the 137 polling booths in the district have been declared hyper sensitive and another 56 as sensitive leaving only one normal.

Tirap and Changlang districts have been declared as disturbed under Armed Forces Special Power Act. Tirap district administration has requested the state govenment and the state Election Commission to deploy CRPF and India Reserve Battalion forces at the hyper sensitive and sensitive booths.

According to State Election Commissioner, J M Tangu the total number of electorate is 5.40 lakh and polling stations number 1852.

There are 7425 seats for gram panchayat members, 1778 for anchal samiti members and 161 for zilla parishad members in 16 districts of the state.

Besides national parties ruling Congress, BJP, NCP, RJD, two regional parties Arunachal Congress and Peoples Party of Arunachal have expressed their desire to field candidates.

The political parties are taking keen interest in the panchayat elections as it is being held only a year ahead of the elections to the 60-member state assembly and lok sabha elections due next year.