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Amid the heat and dust of campaigning for Saturday’s Himachal Assembly election, with contending parties bringing their heavyweights to the fore in an attempt to lure voters, some developments around polls have not escaped the radar.

Shima: Amid the heat and dust of campaigning for Saturday’s Himachal Assembly election, with contending parties bringing their heavyweights to the fore in an attempt to lure voters, some developments around polls have not escaped the radar.

From the death of the nation’s oldest voter to mobilizing election staff and equipment uphill, braving rugged terrain and, often, unforgiving weather, here’s a look at stories from the state tied to the ballot that made headlines ahead of polling for 68 Assembly constituencies on Saturday. Country’s oldest voter from Himachal dies

Shyam Sharan Negi, who was a 31-year-old on the alert when the country awoke to ‘life and freedom’, to quote India’s first independent Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, has died after casting his 34th vote in Beginning of the month.

Just three days after voting by post for the Assembly elections, Negi died peacefully at his home in Kalpa, Himachal Pradesh. A brand ambassador for the Electoral Commission of India (EC) and an inspiration to his compatriots in exercising their democratic right, Negi has died at the ripe old age of 106.

Tweeting about his disappearance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that even in death he would inspire the country’s future generations to tattoo their fingers. “It is commendable and should inspire young voters to participate in elections and strengthen our democracy,” the Prime Minister tweeted.
The tallest voting booth

Blessed with unparalleled scenic beauty, Himachal Pradesh, ‘Devi Bhoomi’ as it is popularly known, is also home to the highest polling station in the world. The Tashigang voting booth is located at a height of 15,256 feet above sea level, making it the tallest in the world.

However, despite the dangerous terrain, the Tashigang polling booth recorded 100% of the votes in the last Lok Sabha elections. 47 registered voters, including 29 men and 18 women, contested the Lok Sabha bypass ballot.

How are EVMs mounted?
Taking sounding props several thousand feet above sea level is a task fraught with danger. But true to the proud traditions of our electoral democracy, electronic voting machines and all other voting equipment are flown to some of the highest polling places in the country and the world every time an election is held.

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For Tuesday’s Assembly elections, it took days to airlift EVMs, two security personnel and two poll workers to Bara Bhangal, which is the most remote village in Himachal Pradesh .
The Kangra District administration has set up a polling station where 65 registered voters will exercise their right to vote on Saturday.

Gatherings and canvassing
From Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP Defense Minister Rajnath Singh to Congress heavyweights Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Chhattishgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, the top guns were all set to campaign for their respective candidates ahead of the ballot for 68 Assembly constituencies on Saturday.

Organizing colorful tours, the leaders criss-crossed the state’s major precincts amid the shower of petals and vigorous waves of locals, making the best possible pitch for their respective parties’ candidates.

(Except for the title, this story has no editing by HW News staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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