Six EC officials trek 5 km to ensure two people can vote

During the second phase of Chhattisgarh polling on November 19, a makeshift centre will be set up for two voters inside the forested zone of Seradand, about 350 km north of Raipur.

A six-member polling staff will trek through difficult terrain for over 5 km after covering 15 km of dirt track on tractor to carry an electronic voting machine (EVM) to the spot in north Koriya district to enable two tribals — father and son — exercise their right to franchise.

Devraj (56), who is a Cherva, a sect of Gond tribal, along with his 19-year-old son, will cast their vote on Tuesday. Devraj’s wife, Phoolmatia (49), died of snake bite in August this year.

Koriya collector Avinash Champawat told HT that the couple had decided not to move out along with other villagers when the region was declared part of the Guru Ghashidas national park in 2005.

“They are dependent on agriculture and minor forest produce. The administration earlier urged them to re-locate but they are happy living there and don’t have any problem,” the collector said. This is the only two-voter polling centre in the country, the officials told HT.

 

 

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