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World's highest polling station records 53% voting in two hours

 Hikkim polling station used to be the world's highest polling booth but it was replaced by Tashigang during the 2017 assembly election due to some technical reason.

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Dehradun Published on: May 19, 2019 13:35 IST
The Tashigang polling station is situated at a height of
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The Tashigang polling station is situated at a height of 15,256 feet above the sea level. (Representational image)

The world's highest polling station in Himachal Pradesh’s Tashiganag village at 15,256 feet took little than two hours to climb up to 53 per cent voting on Sunday.

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

The polling began at 7 a.m. when the temperature was below the freezing point. It recorded voter turnout of 53 per cent till 9 a.m., Harbans Lal said.

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

He said 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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