Himachal Pradesh registered a heavy turnout in Assembly elections at world’s highest polling station at 15256 feet above sea level.
There was a massive recorded 100 percent polling in Himachal Pradesh with voters wading through thick snow on the mountain heights to reach their destination to vote. Several voters, who walked around 15 km in snow for 6 hours, returned from the polling station of Chasak Batori polling station in the Bharmaur Assembly Constituency in the Pangi area of the Chamba district. The counting of votes and results will take place on December 8
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#WATCH | Polling parties returning back from Chasak Batori polling station in Bharmaur Assembly Constituency in Pangi area of Chamba district. They walked around 15km in snow for 6 hours#HimachalPradeshElections pic.twitter.com/BvZNvoWAfu
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Shilai followed by Pachhad and Renuka 76 pc and Doon in Solan 75 pc. . Spokesman of the Election department said that the highest 77 pc was recorded until 5 pm with total 66 pc polling was recorded.
Many polling station voters were still waiting for their turns after 5 pm on the conclusion of voting. Around two lakh postal ballet and services voters are already given their mandate.
Earlier, Indian first-time voter, Shyam Saran Negi died on November 9 at age of 105 yrs after casting his Postal ballot on November 6. The Election Commission of India has provided service of Postal ballot to Negi and around two lakh centenarians, and many others who are in their 80s and 90s at their doorsteps.
Daliya Ram (105 years) resident of village Bagetu, polling booth Basha, Solan Assembly Constituency castes his vote today.
In the world highest polling stations Tashigang recorded 100 pet cent polling as all 52 Electorate cast their votes here. Polling was continued in Kaza Subdivision of Lahaul-Spiti district as 78 pc Polling was already recorded till 5 pm. Four new voters voted for the first time. Free breakfast and lunch for all voters. All the voters came in traditional costumes.
The ideal polling station was decorated in a traditional way, a creche was made for small children, a counter was made to help the voters and a waiting room was made. Giving information, Deputy District Election Officer Abhishek Verma said that the voters come from Tashigang and Gete Villages, and all these voters were made aware by the BLO to go door-to-door to vote. Last time there were 48 voters here.
Free breakfast and lunch was arranged by Mahila Mandal for all the voters. The oldest voter at this polling station was 78-year-old Sonam Dolma. She said that she has been voting continuously. And the young Tashigang Lobzang Todan, who voted for the first time, said that he is a Lama and lives in Kieh Buddhist Monastery.
Today was a holiday and I had been waiting for a long time to cast my vote. First voter Tenzin Nordon, a resident of Ta Shigang village, said I study in RKMV Shimla, this is the first time I have got the opportunity to vote, so I have come here from Shimla. I urge everyone to always vote. First-time voter Tenzin Yodon said that he has come to Tashigang from Dharamshala to cast his special vote. Voting is a must in a democracy. Kunjok Chhodan said that today I am more happy that I have voted in the world’s largest polling booth. We will vote only then we will be able to choose a good public representative for ourselves.
It is a stiff close battle between BJP and Congress. BJP looks to retain their power while Congress fights for change.