Five families cast their votes at their own polling booths in the remote village of Ladakh

Five families cast their votes at their own polling booths in the remote village of Ladakh

Warshi villahe is located about 20 km from the Siachen Glacier

Five people from one family in a remote Himalayan village voted at their own polling station today after officials traveled seven hours and borrowed a power connection from the army to enable them to cast their ballots.

Officials collected the voting equipment on Sunday in Leh, the capital of the Himalayan federal territory Ladakh, and boarded a bus for the 180-kilometre journey to Warshi – where the only voters were Rinchen, 23, her parents. , and grandparents.

Located about 20 km from the Siachen Glacier, dubbed the world’s highest battlefield where Indian and Pakistani troops have faced off for four decades, Warshi is accessible by road but lacks amenities such as electricity, healthcare and internet.

Poll workers turned to the military Border Roads Organization for electricity when the generator they brought with them failed to work.

“This area is unique because the government has set up a polling station for only one house,” said election official Phonchok Stobdan.

It’s the lack of infrastructure that Rinchen, a first-time voter, hopes her vote will help change.

“It’s a mixed feeling of excitement and responsibility. I would like to ask the new government to solve the problems we have here,” she said.

For her grandparents – Lozbang Sherab, 75, and Pustong Lamo, 85 – it was still difficult to reach the polling station even though it was next to their house.

Sherab carried his wife out of the house and down the stairs on his back before helping her into a wheelchair.

When Lamo emerged after casting her vote, she was applauded by her family and poll workers.

Lok Sabha elections have been going on since April 19, with voting set to end on June 1 and counting to take place on June 4. The fifth phase of voting was held today.

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