At an altitude of 15,256 feet, the world’s highest polling station will be set up in the sleepy village of Tashigang. It is located in the Spiti valley, Himachal Pradesh, less than 30 kilometres from the India-China border. The station will cater to 48 voters and falls under Mandi Lok Sabha constituency, which will go to the polls on May 19.
Owing to its remoteness, the village is connected with a road, which is closed most of the year for traffic due to snow. The polling station also lacks mobile connectivity and the election officials have to use a satellite phone during polls.
The election officials intended to set up the polling booth at Gete village, but shifted to Tashigang as the school building was determined to be unsafe.
India’s previous ‘highest polling station’ was located in Hikkim, over 160 km away from Tashigang, in Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul-Spiti district. It is located at an altitude of 14,567 feet.