Itanagar, March 17, 2019
At a time when the government is holding different awareness camps for the ensuing Lok Sabha Election 2019, polling officers will travel to Arunachal Pradesh district bordering China on foot for a day to ensure that the lone voter of a polling station can exercise her franchise.
The lone voter, Sokela Tayang lives with her children in Malogam, around 39 kilometres from Anjaw district headquarter Hayuliang. The area falls under Hayuliang Assembly constituency.
Interestingly, the polling officers will have to walk the extra mile for 39-year-old Sokela as all other electors are registered in other polling stations. As per media reports, the polling station had two voters during the 2014 elections. Now, for some reasons, Sokela’s husband Janelum Tayang has transferred his name to another polling booth under the same constituency.
It will take an entire day for the team including a presiding officer, polling officers, security personnel and porters to reach Malogam polling station from Hayuliang on foot, Deputy Chief Electoral Officer Liken Koyu said.
“They may have to be in the booth from 7 am to 5 pm on the polling day. We don’t know when she will come. One cannot be forced to cast his or her vote early,” Koyu said.
It may be mentioned here that the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections are being held simultaneously in Arunachal Pradesh. A total of 7.94 lakh voters, including four lakh women, are eligible to exercise their franchise on April 11.