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Tashigang, in Himachal Pradesh, becomes world’s highest polling station at 15,256 feet, set to maintain 100% voter turnout on polling day

Tashigang, the border district of Lahaul and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh, has the distinction of being the world’s highest polling station at 15,256 feet and is expected to maintain its record of 100% voter turnout on polling day.

By wasmulhaq 
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Shimla: The final touches have been put on the upcoming Himachal Pradesh elections to be held on November 12.

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Tashigang, the border district of Lahaul and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh, has the distinction of being the world’s highest polling station at 15,256 feet and is expected to maintain its record of 100% voter turnout on polling day.

On Monday, a delegation from the Election Commission (EC) examined the preparations for the election on Saturday at the high-altitude polling places in the Spiti valley, including Tashigang. The voting station, which covers the two villages of Tashigang and Gete, is situated 29 kilometres from the India-China border.

“The electoral department in Tashigang organised a special programme. Saroj Kumar, a poll observer, was welcomed by local women dressed in traditional costume. Schoolchildren then performed a folk song to raise awareness of the value of voting, according to assistant returning officer Gunjit Singh Cheema.

There are 75 people living in Tashigang village, and 52 of them, including 30 men and 22 women, are registered voters. The voting station was established during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, when there were 48 voters at that time. In the Mandi Lok Sabha byelection earlier this year, 100% of the electorate participated.

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In the Spiti Valley, there are 29 polling stations with 8,247 voters. 4,007 of them are men and 4,239 are women. Kaza, the administrative centre of Spiti, has the most votes (811), followed by Gulling (544), and Rangrik (478).

Spiti is a frigid desert valley, and it has been very cold there. It borders the China-administered Tibetan Autonomous Region in the east.

 

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