The voting for single-phase 60-seat Arunachal Pradesh state assembly election 2019 to be held on April 11 and results of the same will be declared on May 23, 2019, along with Lok Sabha polls and three other state assemblies results—Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Sikkim.
Current Chief Minister Pema Khadu is leading the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state. However, he changed his affiliations twice after becoming the chief minister. Originally from the Congress party, Kandhu later joined the Peoples Party of Arunachal and eventually became a BJP member. In the 60-seat current assembly, the running BJP has 36 members, the National People’s Party 16 and Congress 6. There are 2 independent MLAs in the state. Chief Minister Pema Khandu will contest from Mukto assembly seat.
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification: 18.03.2019
Last Date of Nominations: 25.03.2019
Date for Scrutiny of Nominations: 26.03.2019
Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures: 28.03.2019
Date of Poll: 11.04.2019
Date of Counting: 23.05.2019
Date before which election shall be completed: 27.05.2019
In 2016, Arunachal Pradesh went through a major political crisis and saw President’s Rule. Since 2011, the state has seen 5 chief ministers and a short period of President’s Rule. The current assembly election is expected to provide stability to state politics. The main contenders in the polls are the ruling BJP, the Congress and the National People’s Party.