ITANAGAR, April 4 - A group of 32 polling officials, including police personnel along with EVMs and other polling materials on Thursday left for the remote and border Circle of Vijoynagar in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh by helicopter to manage four polling stations having more than 3,000 voters.
A total of 32 poling personnel, including police team with polling materials have reached Vijoynagar Circle today at 2 pm from Miao by helicopter.
�The personnel will be covering four polling stations, namely, Ramnagar community hall, Gandhigram Govt ME School, Vijaynagar Govt ME School and Two Hut Govt Primary School under Miao Assembly constituency in Changlang district, bordering Myanmar,� Arunachal Pradesh Additional Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Kanki Darang told reporters here this evening.
�This is the first polling team in the whole of the country to have moved out for their respective polling stations located on the international border because there is no road connectivity,� Darang said.
Devoid of road communication, Vijaynagar is located at a distance of 157 km from Miao, a sub-divisional headquarters in Changlang district. The border pocket is approachable only by trekking which takes four to five days.
During every election, the poll body, ECI, presses into service helicopters for transporting polling personnel and materials to such remote and inaccessible polling stations in the State. Besides the four polling booths in Vijaynagar, helicopter sorties will also be used for ferrying polling teams and materials to 10 other polling stations to remote Pip-Sorang Circle under Tali Assembly constituency in Kra-Daadi district and Taksing under Nacho constituency in Upper Subansiri district.
A total of 7,98,248 electorates, including 4,03,792 female voters are eligible to exercise their franchise during the general elections to the State Assembly and the Lok Sabha on April 11 next.