Itanagar, April 8, 2019
The airlifting of four polling teams including police personnel along with EVMs and other polling materials to the remotest circle of Changlang district has been completed.
Each polling team comprises of one presiding officer, four polling officers, one attendant and a policeman with four sets of EVMs and VVPATs (one extra) were airlifted by the IAF in an AN-32 transport helicopter in two sorties to Vijaynagar.
Vijaynagar, which shares a border with China, Myanmar and Bhutan, is situated at a height of 4,000 feet in Changlang district bordering Myanmar and the other side by a vast swathe of thick forest of Namdapha National Park. Vijaynagar doesn’t have a motorable road yet.
The journey to Vijaynagar includes a 25-minute trip in an IAF helicopter followed by one to eight hours of trekking. Hence, the connectivity remains the constant poll plank for the political parties in every election.
The 4,000-odd residents in 16 villages, comprising the Yobin (Lishu) tribe and retired Assam Rifles personnel, trek for six days (163-km) across the Namdapha National Park to reach Miao near the Assam border.
“One team will leave for 27 Gandhigram polling stations (1,338 voters) on April 9, which will require trekking for eight hours. The three other teams will leave Vijayanagar on foot on April 10 for Ramnagar (252 voters), Vijaynagar (865 voters) and Two Hut (726 voters), which take trekking for one to four hours,” Lod Takkar, a nodal officer in the chief electoral office, Arunachal Pradesh told media.
A polling booth in Hayuliang Assembly constituency has a lone voter (a woman) in the Malogam Temporary Structure polling station. Polling station 52 SE (power) offices, East Side, Naharlagun under Itanagar (ST) constituency will have a maximum of 1,340 voters.