Lone solider of democracy casts vote in Malogam

By A O News Service
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Malogam bordering Tibet in Anjaw district, had achieved a 100% voter turnout by around 9.30 am on Thursday. Its lone voter, Sokela Tayang, 39, had arrived in the makeshift tin-shed polling booth (PB) and cast her vote for both Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.
During 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the PB had two voters – Tayeng and her husband Janelum Tayang, who had transferred his vote elsewhere. Sokela with a six-month-old daughter was only registered voter though there were five residents of one household as per 2011 Census.
A five-member election team headed by Gammar Bam, 34, a PWD junior engineer, had on Wednesday morning set up the PB. Instead of random selection of polling team as per ECI rules, DEO Dagbom Riba was permitted to choose polling staff capable of walking on foot.
Interestingly, an official was earlier sent to locate Tayang and inform her about the schedule. The hamlet has very poor mobile network. Thus, the police by evening only informed Hawai and Hayuliang circle ARO Sode Potom that Tayang had cast her vote.
The polling team included Rupak Tamang of Lohit DDSE office, Sonumlum Tindiya of Hayuliang ADC office, Titenso Yun, a multi-tasking staff of Chipru health sub-centre, an attendant and a guard. Potom went along too, even though he wasn’t part of the official election party, DEO Dagbom Riba said, adding the team with two sets of EVMs from Hawai – one each for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls – had travelled by bus from Paya to Tidding from where trekked for about 6 km through dense woods to Malogam. The polling party was on duty till 5.30 pm and walked down on foot after sunset.

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