The constituency of Arunachal East in Arunachal Pradesh has a unique feature. It has a polling station which has either has 0 or 100% voter turnout.
Located in the Anjaw district headquarter in Hayuliang, this polling station has only one voter. Depending on whether the voter casts the ballot or not, the turnout is 100% or 0%.
Election personnel had hiked through the rugged and difficult terrain of an Arunachal Pradesh district bordering China for a day to ensure that the lone voter, Sokela Tayang, can exercise her franchise for the Lok Sabha elections.
Tayang lives with her children in Malogam, around 39 kilometres from the polling booth. The area falls under Hayuliang Assembly constituency.
This year she cast her vote leading the polling station to register 100% turnout.
Sources had said that very few families reside in Malogam and all the voters, except 39-year-old Sokela, are registered in other polling stations.
"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," sources at the state Chief Electoral Officer's (CEO) office had said.
"It will take a full day for the polling party — a presiding officer, polling officers, security personnel and porters — to reach Malogam polling station from Hayuliang on foot," Deputy Chief Electoral Officer Liken Koyu had 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," he added.
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.
For the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, 11 polling stations were set up in the state exclusively for female voters.
The northeastern state has several polling stations where the number of voters is very low. One of them is Lamta polling booth under the Pakke-Kessang Assembly constituency which has only six voters.
Out of the 2,202 polling stations in the state, seven have less than 10 voters, 281 have electorates between 11 to 100, and 453 have between 101 to 200, sources said.
One booth in Naharalagun under Itanagar Assembly constituency has the highest 1,340 voters.
The state has 518 remote booths where polling parties have to reach on foot covering a distance between 30-50 kilometres which may take even three days, a source said.
With an area of 83,743 sq km, the largest in the northeastern region, Arunachal Pradesh has a population of 13.84 lakh, according to 2011 Census.
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