The mega Indian parliamentary elections, whose first phase was held yesterday, saw some interesting snap-shots like a booth for just one voter, Braile election, ‘pardanasheen’ booths for Muslim women for the first time.
The polling station with the least number of electors—only one --is at Malogam village in north eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, which witnessed elections to the 57-member legislative assembly and one parliamentary constituency yesterday. A temporary structure has been set up for the lone voter who happens to be a woman.
The state also has polling station No. 18-Luguthang under 3-Mukto (ST) assembly constituency which is the highest polling station located at an altitude of about 13,583 feet. Also, 11 polling stations have been set up in the state are exclusively for female voters.
Another north eastern state Mizoram holds a unique feature among the parliamentary constituencies with 100% voters having Elector Photo Identity Cards (EPIC).
In view of a large number of Muslim women in Haridwar district of Uttarakhand, “pardanasheen booths” have been set up there for those who wear a veil.
For the first time, Braile voter ID card-EPIC made its debut in Meghalaya state with the card issued for use by visually-impaired people.
Bihar became the second Indian state after Delhi to declare all polling booths for the 2019 Lok Sabha election in the state tobacco-free.
Forty nine all-woman polling booths have been set up in Uttarakhand state for the convenience of women voters as the state went to polls. The booths spread over the 13 districts of the state were managed by women only, Chief Electoral Officer Saujanya said. All polling personnel on duty at such booths, including the presiding officers, were women, she added.