World's highest polling station at Himachal Pradesh's Tashiganag village records 53% voting in two hours; 49 registered voters in total

The world's highest polling station at 15,256 feet, Tashiganag village in Himachal Pradesh, Sunday took little than two hours to climb up to 53 percent voting, a state electoral officer said.

Press Trust of India May 19, 2019 14:44:38 IST
World's highest polling station at Himachal Pradesh's Tashiganag village records 53% voting in two hours; 49 registered voters in total
  • There are total 49 registered voters at the Tashigang polling station in tribal Lahaul and Spiti district

  • Polling began at 7 am when the temperature was below freezing point

  • Both Tashigang and Ka polling stations fall under the Mandi seat where the highest number of 17 candidates are in the fray

Shimla: The world's highest polling station at 15,256 feet, Tashiganag village in Himachal Pradesh, Sunday took little than two hours to climb up to 53 percent voting, a state electoral officer said.

There are total 49 registered voters at the Tashigang polling station in tribal Lahaul and Spiti district, State's Assistant Chief Electoral Officer Harbans Lal Dhiman said.

Worlds highest polling station at Himachal Pradeshs Tashiganag village records 53 voting in two hours 49 registered voters in total

File image of Shimla covered in snow. AFP

Polling began at 7 am when the temperature was below freezing point. Voters came to the polling station wearing their traditional attire to beat the chilly weather.

It recorded voter turnout of 53 percent till 9 am, he said.

Dhiman said that nearby Hikkim polling station used to be the world's highest polling booth earlier but it was replaced by Tashigang during the 2017 Assembly election due to some technical reasons.

He said that the Ka polling station with the lowest number of voters in the state is situated in another tribal district of Kinnaur. The booth has been set up for just 16 voters, he added.

Both Tashigang and Ka polling stations fall under the Mandi parliamentary seat where the highest number of 17 candidates are in the fray.

The seat will witness a direct contest between the BJP and the Congress.

Five MLAs, including a state minister, are among the 45 candidates trying to make it to Parliament from the state where polling is underway.

There are 53,30,154 registered voters for the four constituencies — Shimla (SC), Mandi, Hamirpur and Kangra — in the state.

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