New Delhi: Chakat Aboh, widow of slain former Arunachal Pradesh MLA Tirong Aboh, won the Khonsa West Assembly seat on Thursday, by-election for which was held on October 21.
It must be noted that Aboh was fielded by five major political parties in the state, including the ruling BJP.
An Independent candidate, Chakat defeated her only rival, Azet Homtok, also an Independent candidate, by a margin of 1887 votes.
Tirong Aboh, his son and nine others were shot to death by suspected NSCN militants at 12 Mile area in Tirap district on May 21. The incident took place just two days before he was declared as elected from Khonsa West seat representing NPP. An NIA investigation is underway into the massacre.
After the tragedy, Chief Minister Pema Khandu convened an all-party meeting, which unanimously decided to support Chakat Aboh. All parties decided not to field their candidate and instead supported her as an Independent.
After she won the seat, Khandu congratulated her in a tweet,
According to a report, the elections in Khonsa West Assembly seat took place amid tight security and an estimated 89 per cent of over 10,000 voters cast their votes. Joint Chief Electoral Officer DJ Bhattacharjee noted that the voting was moderate during the peak hours of the morning and slowly gained momentum as the day progressed.
Since tight security was in place, the polling took place peacefully without any report of untoward incidents.