Guwahati, April 9, 2019
The country will hold the general election starting April 11th, 2019 to May 19th, 2019 in the world’s largest democratic exercise. The polling officers are working round the clock for the smooth conduct of the elections.
Thiyam Devaraj Singh lost his father to colon cancer on April 5th, 2019. However, instead of taking leave to attend his last rites, Singh continued his work related to the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Hailing from Bishnupur in Manipur, Singh is posted at Pasighat in East Siang district in Arunachal Pradesh as the district information officer. He has been assigned to handle all the information technology related services during the polls.
Singh also kept the news of father’s death from his colleagues. “Election work would have suffered if I had gone to Manipur. A lot of the poll duty involves IT-related work and since I am the only person handling these in Pasighat,” Singh said. His colleagues came to know about his father’s death on April 7th, 2019.
Arunachal Pradesh will go to polls for General Elections-2019 in single Phase. Arunachal West Parliamentary constituency and Arunachal East Parliamentary constituency to vote on April 11th, 2019.
Singh has been posted in Arunachal Pradesh since 2009. He will be going home after polling for the two Lok Sabha seats and 60 assembly constituencies in Arunachal Pradesh gets over on April 11th, 2019.
Another officer who has set an example by upholding his duty is SS Choudhury, the returning officer for Nampong assembly seat in Changlang district. Choudhury lost his 80-year-old mother on March 31st, 2019.
“I have an enormous responsibility of managing polling at the assembly seat and hence I decided against going home to Kolkata for the final rituals,” Choudhury said.
As per the data available, Arunachal West Parliamentary constituency has 46,12,14 voters with 22,32,34 male voters and 23,79,80 female voters while Arunachal East Parliamentary constituency has 337034 voters with 17,12,22 male voters and 16,58,12 female voters.
Porters of election
Arunachal Pradesh has a total of 518 remote and inaccessible polling stations and polling parties have to walk to reach such places. A remnant of the British Raj, Auxiliary Labour Corps (ALCs) or porters will be used for carrying poll materials and transporting EVMs to remote polling stations in the mountainous state.
The polling parties would walk two-three days to reach such polling stations. The Election Commission of India would deploy more than four ALCs for each of the 518 remote and inaccessible polling stations.