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Cycling Expedition Concludes at World’s Highest Polling Station in Tashigang

Shimla, May 21, 2024: The cycling expedition, led by Himachal Pradesh Election Commission’s State Icon Jaspreet Paul, concluded successfully at the world’s highest polling station in Tashigang on Monday. The expedition, which commenced on May 14, aimed to raise voter awareness and encourage participation in the upcoming elections.

Journey Highlights:
– The expedition traversed through Samdo, Hurling, Lari, Tabo, Poh, Sichling, Shego, Kaza, Langcha, Komik, and Hikkim before reaching its final destination.
– On the last leg of the journey, ADC Rahul Jain, along with other officials, joined the cyclists from Kaza Circuit House to Munesling School in Rangrik, covering approximately nine kilometers.

Community Engagement:
– At Munesling School, the cyclists received a warm welcome. ADC Rahul Jain addressed the gathering, emphasizing the importance of voting and urging Spiti residents to set a record with an 80% voter turnout.
– Jaspreet Paul encouraged students to motivate their families to vote on June 1.

Cultural Program and Reception:
– School children formed a human chain, escorting Jaspreet Paul and fellow cyclist Kshitij Thakur from Rangrik to Tashigang.
– Upon arrival at Tashigang, the cyclists were greeted by the local residents, including the monks from the Key Monastery.
– The students of Munesling School presented a vibrant cultural program, adding to the celebratory atmosphere.

Key Statements:
– Jaspreet Paul expressed his pride in being the State Icon and highlighted the challenging yet inspiring journey through Shimla, Kinnaur, and Lahaul Spiti to promote voter awareness.
– He committed to returning to Tashigang if the polling station achieves a 100% voter turnout.

Local Commitment:
– The voters of Tashigang polling station, renowned for their enthusiasm, assured they would achieve 100% voter participation.
– The polling station, which has a total of 52 voters, is a significant attraction, drawing thousands of tourists annually.

Officials and Participants:
– The event saw the presence of Assistant Election Officer Harsh Amarendra Negi, Tehsildar Bhoomika Jain, various department heads, Munesling School founder Tashi Namgyal, school staff, and local residents from Tashigang and Gete villages.

The expedition not only underscored the Election Commission’s commitment to voter education but also highlighted the unique cultural and geographical aspects of Tashigang, further promoting democratic participation in this remote region.

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