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Hikkam highest polling botth, Shyam Saran oldest voter

Posted on Oct 04, 04:44PM | UNI

Country's highest polling booth located at an altitude of over 15,000 ft in Himachal Pradesh with 326 voters will go the polls along with the rest of the hill state on November 4.

State's oldest voter, Shyam Saran, at the age of 95, will also get another opportunity to vote.

State's chief electoral officer Narinder Chauhan told UNI in Shimla that Hikkam, at present, has 326 voters. In the 2009 parliamentary elections, the Hikkam polling station served 321 voters of Hikkam, Komic and Langcha villages.

As per records of the state election department, the Hikkam polling station in the picturesque Spiti valley had recorded highest(83.3 per cent) turnout in the district during the 2007 assembly elections.

In June 2010, then Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla had met Mr Shyam Saran, who is believed to be among the first voters in independent India's first general elections.

Mr Saran was among the first to vote at the polling booth in Kalpa village on October 23, 1951.

The residents of remote Kinnaur, Chamba and Lahaul and Spiti districts voted six months ahead of the rest of the nation in the first general elections in April 1952, so that snowfall did not deprive them of the privilege of exercising their franchise.

Mr Chawla had spent some time with Saran at Kalpa village, Some 275 km from the state capital, and asked him about the changes he observed during the elections.