Itanagar, April 18, 2019
The villagers of a remote village in the Kurung Kumey district of Arunachal Pradesh are all smiles as they could exercise their voting rights for the first time in the history of Indian elections.
The people of Gyapin, residing amidst the subtropical forests, cast their votes on the first phase of the elections which was held on April 11th, 2019. The village has 346 voters and the only access to the village is tracking of around 10 to 15 kilometres to reach the hill slope.
The polling party escorted by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police(ITBP) walked for six days to cover a total of 90 kilometres of the village polling booth. After completion of the voting process, the polling party was able to reach back to submit the EVM at the village panchayat after three days of voting.
Arunachal Pradesh saw simultaneously voting for the two Lok Sabha (LS) seats and legislative assembly in phase 1 of the general elections on April 11th, 2019. The two Lok Sabha constituencies in the northeastern state are Arunachal East and Arunachal West. The results will be declared on May 23rd, 2019.