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Located at 15,000 feet, Anlay Pho in J&K’s Ladakh is one of the highest polling stations in the world

Anlay Pho is one of the highest polling stations in the world situated at an altitude of 15,000 feet in Ladhak. The voters of Anlay Pho are a highly mobile tribe. The 81 registered voters have to walk for miles to cast their vote.

The voter turnout in the Lok Sabha elections 2019 was 57% at the tented polling booth. The polling booth poses tough challenges to election officers not only because of the distance they have to travel to reach the polling station but also because of the tough weather conditions. Lack of mobile connectivity is another issue.

If weather conditions get worse, roads may get blocked. Election officers reached two days earlier in Anlay Pho and set up the polling booth in a tent.

Despite exercising their right to vote, the citizens say that the political parties do not listen to their issues. They want a mobile school for their children and a hand pump for drinking water.

While speaking to the BBC, a nomad said, “Our livestock have to live without drinking water for 3 months.”

The polling officers deployed at the booth say that “even though we are from Ladakh but we haven’t seen any such place, its a lifetime experience for us but very challenging.”

Leh also has the polling station with the least number of voters in Jammu and Kashmir. Gaik village under Leh assembly segment of Ladakh parliamentary constituency has only 12 voters, the electoral officer of Leh District, Anvy Lavasa told news agency PTI. The voters include only five males and seven females.

 

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