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2 tiny polling stations to be set up in Telangana

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 In a bid to demonstrate the importance given to every single vote and accessibility, the Election Commission is setting up two smallest auxiliary polling stations in Telangana’s remote tribal areas which will likely witness only 10 voters each exercising their franchise in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
In order to ensure that the voters who earlier were forced to trek rugged terrains close to 20 km to cast their votes are spared of the difficulty, officials said,
Under Achampet Assembly constituency of Nagarkurnool Parliamentary segment, an auxiliary polling station will be set up in a private building in Mallapur ‘penta’ for 10 voters, which would help them save a 20-km trek for casting vote.
Similarly, another auxiliary polling station will be at an Anganwadi centre in Budidgattu in Devarakonda assembly segment under Nalgonda Parliamentary constituency, which too has 10 voters. They earlier had to travel eight km to vote, EC and district administration officials said.
Overall, 10 smallest polling stations will be set up in Telangana under Nagarkurnool, Nalgonda and Mahabubabad Parliamentary segments which have electors numbering between 10 to 26, belonging to STs–Chenchu, Lambadi and Koya tribes, who earlier had to travel a distance ranging from 3 km to 20 km.
The voters comprise different families.
In Achampet assembly constituency of Nagarkurnool district, there are certain Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG) –‘Chenchu’ families living in deep forest in small groups, Nagarkurnool Collector and District Electoral officer P Udaykumar said.
They stay 20-40 km deep inside the forest and due to various limitations earlier, only one polling station used to be established inside the forest for all these habitations forcing them to travel upto 20-30 km for casting vote, he said.
Polling would be held on May 13 for 17 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

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