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High turnout at Himachal booths inaccessible by road

While conducting elections in the hilly terrains of Himachal Pradesh was a daunting task for poll authorities, enthusiasm brought a large number of voters to polling booths which cannot be accessed by road on Wednesday.

punjab Updated: May 09, 2014 10:50 IST
Saurabh Chauhan

While conducting elections in the hilly terrains of Himachal Pradesh was a daunting task for poll authorities, enthusiasm brought a large number of voters to polling booths which cannot be accessed by road on Wednesday.


According to the data released by the Election Commission, such polling stations recorded more than 65% turnout, with election staff using mules, helicopters and boats to reach some of the booths.

The staff had to walk more than 5 km to reach the Bajhaud and Teling polling stations in Lahaul and Spiti district. Teling recorded 82.45% polling, while Bajhaud recorded 80%.

EC spokesman Neeraj Sharma told HT that electors at Teling were so excited about casting their franchise that nearly 52% votes had been cast before 11am, while nearly 75% polling was recorded till 1pm.

He added that several camps were organised to mobilise voters in some inaccessible polling stations where less turnout was witnessed in the previous election.

The Election Commission said the Kasha-Paat polling station in Rampur assembly segment in Mandi, considered the most inaccessible in Himachal Pradesh, recorded 60.43% polling, which is more than that noted in the Lok Sabha bypoll held in 2013.

The station at Chask-Bhatori of Bharmour assembly in Mandi recorded 79.76% polling. In the initial hours, polling was sluggish, but the pace picked up as the day prog ressed, and 65% votes had been polled till 1pm. Sar polling station in the Draang assembly segment, 7 km off the road, recorded 58.49% polling.

The country’s highest polling station Hikkam in Lahaul and Spiti registered 75.47% polling, less than the 80% turnout in the 2012 assembly elections.

A polling official at Hikkam told Hindustatn Times over the telephone that voters there were excited about exercising their franchise.

“Life is tough here, but people were eager to cast their votes and 75.47% votes were polled,” he said.

At the polling booth at Kaa in Kinnaur district, which has only 17 voters, nearly 87% exercised their franchise. “The Kaa polling booth has the lowest number voters in the state, and till 1pm, 70.59 % votes were polled,” said Kinnaur deputy commissioner DD Sharma.

ALL WOMEN CAST VOTES AT YANGTHANG
The Yangthang polling station in Kinnaur recorded 96% polling, including 100% participation from women.