1 min read.Updated: 24 May 2019, 10:53 AM ISTReuters
Guidelines from the ECI state that no voter should be more than 2 km from a polling station
Election official Sourabh Pardhi said EC had worked hard to ensure everyone got the chance to vote
India's seven-phase general election, the world's largest democratic exercise, has come to an end after 39 days.
Voting began on April 11 and took place at about a million polling stations across the country, from far-flung corners of the Himalayas to the crocodile-infested mangrove swamps of the Andaman Islands. Voting ended on Sunday.
To facilitate this, nearly 11 million government officials and members of the security forces were deployed to ensure that more than 900 million eligible voters could cast their ballots.
Carrying electronic voting machines and systems to verify the ballots cast, officials ventured through forests, up and down steep, rocky cliffs and across sandbars, often travelling for days at a time.
With a backdrop of the snow-capped Himalayas and a vibrant blue sky, the village of Tashigang in the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh state was the highest polling station in the world, according to the ECI.
Forty-nine voters were registered at the station which is at an altitude of 4,650 m (15,256 feet). The election team flew in on helicopters.
Deep in the Gir wildlife sanctuary of Gujarat, home to some 600 of the last Asiatic lions, a special polling station was set up for one priest at a Shiva temple.