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71% polling in H.P., record turnout in highest booth

101-year-old Shyam Saran Negi arrives to cast his vote at Kinnaur district’s Kalpa polling booth on Sunday.

101-year-old Shyam Saran Negi arrives to cast his vote at Kinnaur district’s Kalpa polling booth on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: ANI

First Indian voter Shyam Saran Negi, 101, casts his vote at Kinnaur district’s Kalpa polling booth

The four Lok Sabha seats of Himachal Pradesh witnessed a turnout of around 71% on Sunday, officials said.

The voters turnout crossed the 2014 general election’s polling percentage of 64.45 in the State.

Interestingly, 132% turnout has been recorded in the world’s highest polling station in Tashigang village of Himachal Pradesh’s tribal Lahaul and Spiti district, a district official said.

There are total 49 registered voters in the Tashigang polling station. Of these, 33 voters cast their votes till 3 pm. Apart from the registered voters, 32 members of the poll staff deployed at the Tashigang polling station and several nearby booths cast their vote here after showing election duty certificate (EDCs) issued to them by concerned AROs, he added.

The Tashigang polling station is situated at a height of 15,256 feet above the sea level, State’s Assistant Chief Electoral Officer Harbans Lal Dhiman said.

The temperature was below freezing point at Tashigang when the polling began at 7 a.m. The voters came to the polling station while wearing their traditional attire for exercising their right to franchise.

Vote before marriage

A bridegroom exercised his right to franchise in Kothi polling station in Manali of Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district.

Before proceeding to his bride’s village for his marriage, Anil, 28, of Kothi village near Manali, led his entire wedding procession to the polling booth number eight in the city and cast his vote, besides making his wedding companions to do the same. “Anil cast his vote before proceeding for his marriage,” a district election official said, adding the groom reached the polling with many of his wedding procession members.

The first Indian voter, Shyam Saran Negi, 101, cast his vote at Kinnaur district’s Kalpa polling booth under Mandi Lok Sabha seat. He was given warm welcome by the election staff at the booth.

However the voters of a village on the Sino-India border have boycotted the Lok Sabha poll as the government “failed” to find a permanent solution to frequent floods they face.

Located at an altitude of 10,000 feet and around 350 km from state capital Shimla, voters at Geu village in Lahaul and Spiti district said they had been demanding their resettlement, but their demands remained unheard.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur along with his family members cast his vote at Bharari (Murhag) in Seraj Vidhan Sabha constituency of Mandi district.

EVM snags delayed voting at nine polling stations, but it restarted after the faulty machines were replaced, a State election officer said.

A total of 7,730 polling stations had been set up in 4 constituencies — Shimla (SC), Mandi, Hamirpur and Kangra.

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