The Himachal Pradesh assembly elections were held on November 12, this year. The voting began slowly and gradually picked up pace in a state where the BJP wants to make history by repeating its government and the Congress wants voters to follow tradition by voting out the incumbent government. The Election Commission has established 7,884 polling booths, which also includes three auxiliary voting stations in outlying areas.
One polling station has been established in Tashigang, Lahaul and Spiti which is a part of the Mandi Lok Sabha constituency. The polling booth in Tashigang is the world’s highest, at 15,256 feet, and will serve 52 voters. It has been designated as a Model Polling Station in order to facilitate voting for senior citizens and disabled voters. The district of Lahaul-Spiti has 92 polling stations, the lowest in the hill state. ” It (Tashigang) has been made Model Polling station to make voting easy for senior citizens and disabled voters,” the state election office said, giving a tour of the arrangements made there.
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According to the most recent reports, 51 of 52 voters cast ballots at the world’s highest polling station booth in Tashigang. There was a 98.08% voter turnout.
With snowfall in the higher reaches of the hill state, polling officials had to cover snow-covered assembly constituencies on foot to ensure that voters in remote areas could vote.
In an area where temperatures can plunge to minus 16 degrees Celsius, a 100 per cent turnout had been recorded during the 2019 Mandi Lok Sabha bye-election. Election officials expect voters to retain the record this year too.
One of the major issues in the area is a dearth of water, according to The Indian Express. Ravi Thakur, the Congress candidate, claims that incumbent BJP MLA Ram Lal Markanda has been unable to tackle the issue. However, Markanda claims that the region has received inadequate rainfall recently and that he has done his part to supply water to villages via rivers, according to Money Control.