Two voters, 10 officials in Arunachal Pradesh’s smallest booth

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Itanagar, Apr 10 : A polling booth in nondescript Malogaon in the remote Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh has an unusual claim to fame. Located 10 km from Tiding, the nearest village, it has the distinction of having only two voters-Johelum Tayeng and his wife Sokela Tayeng; the lowest in the state. The Malogaon booth recorded 100 per cent polling after the husband-wife duo cast their votes around 10 am on Wednesday. The polling station, which falls under the Hayuliang assembly constituency and the Arunachal East Lok Sabha seat, is one of the eight polling stations in the state which has less than 10 voters. It is also among the 106 polling stations having less than 50 voters. Once a small village of seven households, Malogaon is now a ghost town as lack of surface communication has forced most families to move to urban areas.

“When the polling station was set up some years ago, a few families still remained. However, over the last few years, most have shifted to urban areas like Tezu, the headquarters of Lohit district,” district electoral officer (DEO) Duli Kamduk said over the phone.

Although his name appeared in the Malogaon electoral list, Johelum and his wife live in Dinglang village, near Tiding.

“To ensure smooth polling in the booth, 10 polling personnel, including security personnel, and 10 additional porters, have trekked for four hours on foot through rough terrain to reach the booth,” CEO Chandra B Kumar said.

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