April 09

East Siang ready for simultaneous polls


RUKSIN, Apr 08: Around 60,000 voters will decide the fate of nine MLA and three MP candidates tomorrow in five assembly constituencies in East Siang district.

The district election department is all set to ensure peaceful conduct of the polling. Around 920 polling personnel have been engaged in 153 poling stations spreading in five assembly segments. The entire district is divided into 22 sectors for administrative convenience, wherein good number of executive magistrates have been deputed to look after the poll processes. Three such magistrates are kept reserved to meet any probable inconvenience during the polling hours.

The Congress and lone opposition BJP are facing tough contest with each other in all constituencies fall under the district. Out of the total five, 37 Pasighat West (Ruksin) is said to be most critical one, wherein Congress nominee Er Tatung Jamoh is locked horn with former BJP MLA Tangor Tapak in the battle of ballots.

Eventually, in Pasighat West, none of the MLAs could manage to retain power for a second consecutive term as the perennial problems of the area such as road infrastructure, drinking water and health care problems pulled down the leader from their power.


144 CrPC imposed at Yingkiong

YINGKIONG, Apr 08: Being reported that Party workers and supporters of candidates of two Political parties at Yingkiong Police Station came head to head and had heated arguments on matters related to ensuing election last night, the Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Magistrate Dr. Tariq Thomas, and Tage Habung, SP rushed to the spot and prevented them from clashing and dispersed the mobs from the place of incidence peacefully without any untoward  incident.

Therefore, in apprehension of recurrence of such grave risk and danger to human life and property and to keep the situation under control, the District Magistrate Dr. Thomas imposed Sec-144 Cr PC restricting vehicle and movement of people from 10 PM to 5 AM within the Yingkiong township except those of Polling Parties, staffs on election duty, duty Magistrates, Police Vehicles, ambulances and any other emergency within the limits of Yingkiong Police Station. This order came into force from 7th April to 10th April' 2014. DIPRO


Over Rs. 4.34 crore seized  so far

ITANAGAR, Apr 08: The flying Squad and Static Surveillance Teams operating in the State under Election Commission of India to control violation of Model Code of Conduct have made seizure of cash Rs. 2,42,000, .32 Revolver 1 No, Ammn. 22 Nos, Beer 650 ML 36 Bottles, local Dao 05 Nos on  April 7. With this, the total seizure of cash since the Operation of MCC  increased to Rs. 4,34,32,130 (Rupees Four Crore thirty four lacs thirty two thousand one hundred and thirty ) only. Cash apart, there are huge number of party flags, manifestos, pamphlets, stickers, blankets, local daos, mobiles handset, arms and ammunitions Motor cycles etc have been seized  so far, according to an official release.


News Impact

Over 7 lakh voters to cast votes in 2,158 stations across the state

ITANAGAR, Apr 08: Political fate of 144 Assembly and 11 Parliamentary candidates will be decided by 7,53,170 electorates as state goes to simultaneous polls for the two Lok Sabha seats and 49 of the 60 Assembly seats tomorrow.

Polling would be held in 2,158 stations across the state between 7 am and 5 pm tomorrow as Election Commission has extended the polling time by one hour.

The Western Parliamentary seat will witness a multi-cornered contest while there will be a triangular contest in Eastern Parliamentary constituency.

Among the eight candidates in the Western seat are Congress nominee and sitting MP Takam Sanjoy locking horns with former MP Kiren Rijiju, a BJP nominee.

In the Eastern Parliamentary seat, Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering of Congress is contesting against BJP nominee Tapir Gao and Wangman Lowangcha on a People's Party of Arunachal ticket.

Both the Lok Sabha seats have been won by the Congress since 1975, but for 2004 when it was won by the BJP for the first time.

Altogether 144 (out of 155) candidates including 6 women are in the fray for 49 of the 60 Assembly seats.

The Congress has already won 11 Assembly seats uncontested.

Congress has this time fielded two women candidates- Karya Bagang (Chayangtajo) and Gum Tayeng from Dambuk constituencies compared to none from the BJP. NCP has fielded Taba Nirmali (Yachuli) and the People's Party of Arunachal has nominated Toko Sheetal for the prestigious Itanagar seat.

Yai Mara (Likabali) and Anita Payeng (Lekang) are contesting as independents.

The state has 3,77,272 women electorate against 3,75,898 males, with several assembly constituencies having more women voters than males. The main contest will be between Congress and BJP. New entrant Naga People's Front (NPF) along with PPA and NCP would also give a formidable fight in several Assembly seats of the state.

Meanwhile, adequate security arrangement has been put in place for ensuring smooth and incident free polling.

An additional 20 companies of central paramilitary forces besides 24 existing companies have been deployed as also 8000 policemen.

Movement of Vehicles restricted

Meanwhile, Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner has imposed 144 CrPC restricting movement of private vehicles on polling day tomorrow. However, vehicles used by magistrate on duty, security personnel, Press persons, Milk Van, Ambulance, one vehicle each for contesting candidates and their election agents have been exempted from purview of the restriction.

All hospitals in the Capital Complex are also advised not to discharge patients from hospitals tomorrow as the movement of vehicles, including taxis and rickshaws is also strictly prohibited. Even the doctors and nurses on duty are advised to travel by ambulance instead of their private cars, the DC informed.

Meanwhile, Capital DIPRO informed that a joint briefing of Magistrates and Police officers on poll day duty for Naka/picketing point was held in a specially convened meeting in the office chamber of the Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki in the presence of SP Capital SP Kuruvilla today.  The Magistrates and police officers were given clear instruction to enforce section 144 CrPC restricting the movement of private vehicles on poll day i.e. on 9th April.

The SP Capital also briefed the police officers and magistrate about strong security arrangement in the Capital Complex to ensure free and fair election.(with input from PTI)



Papum Pare ready for polls, elaborate arrangement in place

ITANAGAR, Apr 08: Papum Pare District including Capital Complex is all set for simultaneous poll tomorrow (9th April). Last batch of deployment of polling and security personnel for 13-Itangar A/C along with EVMs and Polling materials completed today at Sidharth Hall, Itanagar. Deployment of polling personnel of 14-Doimukh and 15- Sagalee Assembly Constituency was done on 6th and 7th April respectively.

For smooth conduct of simultaneous poll of Parliamentary and Assembly Elections, 66 micro-observers, 141 Presiding Officer, 561 polling officers plus additional 33 as 6th Polling Officers have been pressed into service in various polling stations in the district. 16 Zonal/Sector Magistrate have also been detailed to monitor the polling process on the poll day in 13-Itanagar and 14-Doimukh Assembly constituencies. Elaborate security arrangement has been made by Police department for free and fair conduct of election and to prevent any poll related untoward incident. DIPRO



Supporters of pol parties clash at Pasighat

Staff Reporter

PASIGHAT, Mar 08: Supporters of two political parties allegedly from Congress and BJP engaged in violent group clash in the wee hours here today forcing police to fire tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse them.

Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the clashing groups after they failed to respond police intervention, Pasighat Police said.

Several vehicles, including the car of this reporter, were damaged during the group clash that took place in between NRL petrol pump and the police station at around 1 am. The main entrance gate of the police station with lighting system was also damaged, police said.

Police arrested nine persons in this connection and registered a case  U/S 448/323/427/34 IPC.

The incident, which took place in front of the police station, could have been averted had police acted fast, eye witnesses said.

On Sunday night, miscreants pelted stones on police and ITBP vehicles injuring one.



Official arrested for dereliction of election duty

ITANAGAR, Apr 08: An arrest warrant has been issued and executed against an official for defiance of the Kurung Kumey District Election Officer (DEO)’s order to perform election duty as a polling officer. The DEO by this action has sent out a strong message to all the officials who were drafted for various election duties and failed to report that strict and sure departmental action will be initiated against them.

Further, the DEO, in compliance with the Election Commission’s order yesterday issued prohibitory orders for stopping of campaign and closure of all liquor shops 48 hours prior to poll time. Movement of vehicles has also been restricted to the allotted three vehicles for each candidate during poll day. However, plying of vehicles of officers on election duty has been exempted.

Meanwhile, the flying squad seized cash amounting to Rs 1,67,000 and lethal weapons like pistol and Dao in Koloriang town. A 24 hour naka is in place and patrolling round the clock has been enforced by in the district. (DIPRO)



65,235 voters to cast votes in Lohit district

TEZU, Apr 08: ‘All our one month’s hard work with dedications and preparations will pay off tomorrow. I am definite that we will be able to conduct a fair and peaceful election’, said the Lohit DEO cum RO 2-East Arunachal Parliamentary Constituency on just a night away before the actual polling day where a total of 65,235 voters will exercise their adult franchise in the 125 Polling Stations in Lohit District.

He had appealed to all voters, young and seniors of the Lohit district to come out and cast their valuable votes in the Parliamentary and State Assembly elections for maximum turn out to make democracy prosper.

No allurement should be accepted, cast your valuable votes as free and fearlessly and be a part of this great Democracy, he appealed.

Any complain relating to MCC violation or complains on general electioneering may kindly contact Control Room at 03804-222706 and toll free number 18003453606. The identity of the caller will be confidential, he said.

He also appealed to all the candidates and political parties to maintain peace and healthy competition for a successful free and fair election.

All the arrangements have been finalised and all the Polling Parties have been despatched from the Headquarter to their respective area of Polling Stations.

A short briefing session on duties and responsibilities was organized by the DEO/RO on arrival of Polling Teams for 44th Tezu-Sunpura Assembly Constituency at School Auditorium of Government Higher Secondary School, Tezu, today.

Meanwhile he has asked all the Sectors Magistrates, Nodal Officers, Booth Level Officers, Presiding Officers, District Election Staff, Police/security forces, Polling Teams and whoever engaged in election duty in big or small way to bear and continue their duties with dedication and sincerity on the polling day. A good team work is the key for successful conduct of this ensuing election, he said.

All Sector Magistrates are assisted with Digital Cameras and every proceeding will be minutely videographed.

To cover all the Polling Stations in the District a well planned Communication Plan has been arranged. All the Polling Stations in the District will be covered and connected either by Telephone, mobile or WT Messages of Police through this District Communication Plan.

Web-cameras in 15 Polling Stations in Lohit District have been installed for live web casting. Sishuniketan Polling Station in Tezu will also be available with web casting. Strong Contingency Plans for unforeseen chances of instability on the polling day has also been finalised.

The contingency plans have been made for in case the main plan fails and for immediate restoration of normalcy.

All Flying Squad Team, Static Surveillance Team and security forces are on high alert. They are on round the clock duty to check any MCC violation.

The Superintendent of Police has also briefed all his Police forces on their duties and responsibilities. Forces were dispatched along with polling teams.

As per the guidelines of the Election Commission of India, the DEO/RO issued an Executive Order imposing restrictions on use of cellular phones, cordless phones, wireless sets etc. within 200 meter perimeter of the Polling Stations described as “Polling Station Neighbourhood” and within the Polling Booth in order to prevent electioneering hitch at the Polling Stations on the date of poll.

Also, after travelling to Chongkham, Namsai and Mahadevpur areas of Lohit District, the Jagriti Rath reached back to Headquarter Tezu. Almost every village under the Chongkham, Namsai and Mahadevpur were covered on one day voters’ awareness campaign.

Jagriti Rath is an initiative taken up by the DEO/RO for SVEEP activity to create awareness among the voters of Lohit District by dedicating a vehicle in which important awareness announcements and songs and dialogues were played in all its en-route from Tezu to Demwe, Tezu to Sunpura, Tezu to Alubari Ghat and Chongkham, Namsai, Mahadevpur at various stoppages. DIPRO



Training of staffs for receiving centres held at Seppa and Aalo

ITANAGAR, Apr 08: The review training of staffs deputed for receiving centre was imparted today at Kameng Hall, Seppa in East Kameng district.

DEO cum DC Tarin Dakpe informed that the team of officers and officials were deputed separately at receiving centre for Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies. He said that they must discharge their duties sincerely and ensured that presiding officers were there till the relevant documents were handed over to them. He also said that presiding officers must present during the time of counting in order to avoid confusion if any. He informed voter’s register (form 17 A) presiding officer’s diary and other documents will be scrutinized on April 11 at receiving centre (Auditorium Hall of GHHS, Seppa) in presence of General Observer and requested contesting candidates or election agents to attend.

General observer Surendra Kumar cautioned that due care and attention be paid while receiving whether everything was inconformity with check list and ensured that no documents were mixed and wrongly placed.

SP, Apang Tamut and Nodal officers training Kego Jillen, PD also spokes on the occasion.

Later, DEO cum DC along with General Observer inspected the receiving centre at Auditorium, GHHS, Seppa.

At Aalo: The officers and officials engaged in five Receiving Centres to receive different polled materials have been trained at DC’s Conference Hall today. Personally supervising the training session, the West Siang DEO, M K Sahoo has asked all to discharge their assigned duties effectively. Most of the Polling teams will be coming with election materials from far off places and they deserve better facilitation and treatment from our side. All polled materials should be received carefully as per the instruction given to them and kept in their safe custody. The received materials should be handed over to the in charge of Strong Room, Compilation, Scrutiny and Sealing team separately as per the instructions.  The reports received from team of Micro Observers who have been appointed to assist the Central Election Observers will be entertained at the receiving centre and the scrutiny team should make it convenient to pass on all required information to them.

He stressed that any discrepancy found with the Presiding Officer should be rectified then and there and clearance certificate be issued to them by the Scrutiny Team. The Presiding Officers should be allowed to leave the centre only after getting clearance certificate.  The HA Election, Raju Abraham also gave a detail briefing to the officials engaged in receiving centre.  Meanwhile, all polling teams have completed their movements for poll duties at their respective polling stations today. DIPROs



LDV all set for simultaneous elections

ROING, Apr 08: With 44 more polling teams of nearby polling stations at Koronu, Parbuk Circles and Roing  Sadar Area leaving and all the polling teams reported to be safely reached their respective polling stations today, the Lower Dibang Valley district is all set to go for simultaneous election in all the 71 polling stations of the district tomorrow.

Elaborate Arrangement has been made for smooth and successful conduct of elections by the District Administration headed by Shiv Kumar, DC cum DEO. Enough Security personnel with a total strength of 334 including 150 Paramilitary Force and 184 Civil Police (APP, APPbn, IRBN) has been deployed in various locations.  It is to informed here that the district has 4 critical, 22 Hypersensitive, 17 Sensitive and 28 Normal Polling stations and accordingly security arrangement has been made. 15 Sector Magistrates and 10 Micro-Observers have also been engaged through out the district besides 485 polling personnel including attendants on poll duty.  

Web Casting facilities has also been installed in 4 Polling Stations namely Anchal Samiti Hall, Roing, Govt Middle School at Cheta – I, Secondary School at Mayu-II and at Govt. Hr Sec. School, Bolung.

The district with the total of 23,390 voters (11,224 at 42-Dambuk AC and 12,166 at 43-Roing AC) with 11,872 Male and 11,518 female voters shall exercise their adult franchise tomorrow.

ECI’s directives regarding identity of an elector: As per the ECI’s directive, all the electors has to produce their EPIC (to whom EPIC has been issued) for their identification at the polling station before casting their votes. Those electors who are not able to produce the EPIC shall produce one of the following alternative photo identity documents for establishing their identity viz., Passport; Driving Licence; Service Identity Card with photograph issued to employees by Central/State Govt. PSUs/Public Limited Companies; Passbook with photograph issued by Bank/PO, PAN Card; Aadhar Card; Smart Card issued by RGI under NPR; MNREGA Job Card; Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour; Pension document with photograph; and Authenticated Photo Voter Slip issued by the election machinery.

In the case of EPIC, clerical errors, spelling mistakes, etc are said to be ignored provided the identity of the elector can be established by the EPIC. But commission has declined the identity of the elector on account of mismatch of photograph, etc. and the elector shall have to produce one of the alternative photo documents as mentioned above. DIPRO



1003 polling personnel on duty for smooth conduct of  elections in West Kameng  

BOMDILA, Apr 08: A total of 1003 polling personnel including 17 female have been drafted into service for conduct of the poll tomorrow in West Kameng district.

Since the issue of polling materials from 5th, regular briefings for the concerned Sector officers, Micro observers and Presiding officers made by the DEO and the ADC (Eln) on daily basis concluded today with a note of hope and optimism for an error free poll.

A total of 20 Polling stations in the district would be Web casting live the polling of April 9. This can be accessed at westkameng.nic.in

Meanwhile, the sector officers, micro observers and all the 154 polling teams including those whose polling stations are located in the district headquarters Bomdila and in its peripheral areas have left for their respective locations. A total of 408 numbers of EVMs are being used for the simultaneous elections in the district.

In order to prevent leakage of liquor during the Dry Days declared, 2 numbers of Bottling Plants, 3 Bonded Warehouses, 5 Wholesalers and 65 Retail Wine shops in the whole district was sealed by  the Nodal officer cum Superintendent (Tax & Excise ) and concerned Magistrates of all the administrative circles the day before.

Earlier, Expenditure Observer for the Assembly elections P Shivaram Prasad verified the Expenditure Registers of all the seven candidates contesting in the three out of the four assembly segments of the district on April 6 & 7. Further, he detailed the procedure for finalization and submission of the final accounts in the prescribed format by all the candidates before 30 days from the date of the declaration of results to the agents of the candidates for adherence. DIPRO



The Festival of Democracy

Ramar Jokik

Polling parties for 43 polling stations of 16 Yachuli were dispatched on 7th and polling parties for 29 polling stations of 17 Ziro Hapoli were dispatched today.  For onlookers the premises of Abotani Hall and the Subansiri Stadium wore a festive look with over 100 vehicles, a huge crowd and loudspeakers blaring out names and numbers from 7am in the morning.  As For the polling parties there were apprehensions, enthusiasm, gusto and joy in the air around them. Huddled in small groups with their team members for me everyone is hero today. Many of them will march on foot for hours and many will have to travel for more than 90 kms to reach their polling stations. Many will have to be valorous and gallant to tackle situations in critical and hypersensitive polling stations. With a prayer parties for Sito, Nama and Harak the  furthest in 16 Yachuli were the first to be dispatched on 7th morning.

These polling parties specially the presiding officers and the polling officers have been rigorously trained in different phases to acquaint them with all the polling procedures. They have been given hands on training on EVMs. But yes we are humans…the master trainers for the polling procedures were bombarded with  number of calls last evening from all corners of 16 Yachuli assembly constituency with  number of queries. Bisht and Mishra the master trainers just looked at each other smiled and kept answering the queries.

Many are seasoned well with election duty for years but for many it’s their first official discharge. The teams have a mix of seasoned and first timers. Many new bonds and friendships will be developed during these 4-5 days exercise. As the whole state goes for voting tomorrow I pray for a smooth and successful poll, devoid of any violence and yes the safe return of all the polling parties. “AMEN” (The writer is a DIPRO, Ziro)



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Poor people continue to be evicted

During the past decade an area of land two-and-a-half times the size of Pakistan or one-and-a-half times India's has been sold off globally, says a report from British charity, Oxfam. This land could feed a billion people, equivalent to the number of people who go to bed hungry each night, it says. In poor countries, foreign investors have been buying an area of land the size of London every six days.

Oxfam’s report, Our Land, Our Lives, warns that more than 60 per cent of investments in agricultural land by foreign investors between 2000 and 2010 were in developing countries with serious hunger problems. However, two thirds of those investors plan to export everything they produce on the land. Nearly 60 per cent of global land deals in the past decade have been to grow crops that can be used for bio-fuels.

The report says that as the world’s leading standard-setter and a big investor itself, the World Bank should freeze its own land investments and review its policy and practice to prevent ‘land-grabbing’. In the past the Bank has chosen to freeze lending when poor standards have caused dispossession and suffering. It needs to do so again, in order to play a key role in stopping the global land rush," says the report, urging the World Bank to help set standards for investors and introduce more robust policies to stop land-grabs.

The report comes as Oxfam steps up its campaign to end land grabs that violate the rights of the world’s poorest people. Oxfam supports greater investment in agriculture and to small-scale farmers. However the unprecedented rush for land has not been adequately regulated or policed to prevent land grabs. This means that poor people continue to be evicted, often violently, without consultation or compensation. Many lose their homes and are left destitute, without access to the land they rely on for food to eat and make a living.


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