At Hikkam polling station, voters will be on top of the world

India is not only the world's largest democracy but literally the globe's highest. The planet’s highest polling booth will be located in Himachal Pradesh at the height of 15,000 feet above sea level at Hikkam in Lahaul and Spiti Assembly Constituency located on a motorable road.

This polling station will serve 333 voters, comprising 180 male and 153 female voters.

Election is not about voting alone. Reuters

Himachal Pradesh, which is going to polls in November, also has another share of unique statistics in the next Assembly polls.

The 95-year-old, Shyam Saran Negi, is the oldest voter in the hill state. Negi, who retired as a teacher from Government Primary School in 1975, lives in Kalpa sub-division of Kinnaur district with his wife, four sons and five daughters.

And Gujarat polls is not only about Chief Minister Narendra Modi alone. There are voters who are part of the democratic process but with a difference.

Meet 59-year-old Guru Bharat Das, who will exercise his right to franchise at the forest department building at Banej in Gir Forest.

This certainly is not the news. The news is Das is the only person to vote in his alloted booth. The Election Commission will set up the One Voter polling station only for him in the forthcoming state Assembly election.

The location of the booth will be 20km from nearest habitation, a village Sapnesh Biliyat in 93 Una Assembly Constituency in Junagarh district. A temple priest by profession, Das will cast his franchise during the first phase of Polling on 13 December 2012.

Updated Date: Oct 29, 2012 15:46 PM

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