Voting Machines From Tribal Areas To Be Airlifted

Arrangements Complete – Polling For Three Seats To Be Held On 14th November

Shimla: With all arrangements completed for conduct of the poll to the three tribal assembly constituencies of Kinnaur, Bharmaur and Lahaul and Spiti in the first phase to held on tomorrow, the election commission has requisitioned the state helicopter for meeting election exigencies and to airlift the electronic voting machines out from the high altitude region before it gets snowbound.

The state helicopter would be at the disposal of the Chief Electoral Officer, Himachal Pradesh from 13th to 18th November, a spokesman of the election department disclosed.

Elaborate arrangements have been made to deliver elections effectively in the state and at the need of hour, the helicopter will be utilized for election related purposes, the curt release stated.

Fate of twelve candidates in the fray would be sealed in electronic voting machines by 1,27,785 voters which included 65,883 male and 61,902 female voters.

Chief Electoral officer Manisha Nanda said that 298 polling booths had been set up in three tribal constituencies out of which 53 had been declared hyper sensitive.

Kaa polling station in Kinnaur constituency has a minimum number of 20 voters, while the highest polling station of Hikkim, situated at a height of 15,000 feet has 320 voters.

About 2,000 personnel had been deployed for ensuring free and peaceful polls and polling parties have reached their respective destination along with election material.

The BJP, Congress and the BSP were contesting all the seats while the Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJSP) candidate was in fray only in Kinnaur constituency, while two independents were in the fray in Bharmaur constituency.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik leads a team of media professionals at Hill Post. Spanning a career of over two decades in mass communication, as a Documentary Filmmaker, TV journalist, Print Media journalist and with Online & Social Media, he brings with him a vast experience. He lives in Shimla.

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