Unusual Polling Station Setup at Sikkim’s Highest Altitude in Gnathang Valley for 2019 Lok Sabha Elections

As per the schedule, Lok Sabha Elections 2019 finished successfully across different states. As part of the elections, the election commission from different states has set up polling stations in various locations. The elections took place in the states that include Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Odisha, and Arunachal Pradesh at once on 11th April. In Sikkim, the commission has set up a total of 567 polling stations across 4 districts in the state.

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There are more than 4 Lakh people in Sikkim across different districts. One bizarre thing that captured the attention of people on the internet is an unusual polling station in Gnathang Valley. This location definitely requires an exceptional notice in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. This valley is situated at the border of Indo-China which is at an altitude of 13500 feet.

Even at such a low temperature of 4-degree Celsius weather, people in the district bravely reached the polling station by wearing warm outfits to poll their votes. Kapil Meena, the District Election Officer said that Gnathang is the district that has less number of voters. The parliamentary and army forces helped people as they have arrived at the polling station.

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From the Gnathang Valley, a total of 11 candidates have contested for the Lok Sabha Seat. Some of them include Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling looking to record 8th successive term as an MLA. Another contestant is the former football player Bhaichung Bhutia, currently working as a president of the Hamro Sikkim Party [HSP] also contested for the seat.

In order to carry out the election duty in Sikkim, a total of 3600 polling employees and 4000 security men have been arranged for the election duty in the state. Besides this, there are 10 companies of SSB who were arranged for the duty. The total number of voters in Sikkim includes 432306 and among them, 220305 are men and 212001 are women. Sumitra Rai, the oldest voter in South Sikkim whose age is 107 has reached the polling station in a wheelchair in order cast her vote.

by Neetu Panwar | Fri, Apr 12 - 11:18 AM

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