Even during 2018 Mizoram assembly election, seating facilities were provided to the voting members Credit: EastMojo Image

Guwahati: At the trailblazing first phase of elections, Northeast witnessed a huge voter’s turnout on Thursday. Each polling booth across the eight states was swarmed with electors waiting to exercise their franchise, resulting in long queues and extended waiting hours.

Electors waiting outside a polling station in Nagaland on  Thursday. While the men are standing, the women get to sit on benches

Keeping in mind how time-consuming and arduous the electoral process can be, several polling stations across the Northeast arranged for seating facilities like benches and chairs.

This is not the first time that such provisions were made for voters. Even during the 2018 Mizoram assembly elections, the state stood out for providing benches and chairs to voters while they waited for their turns to exercise their franchise.

Women voters sit on benches at remote polling station in Meghalaya on Thursday

Not just chairs, Nagaland also set up a one-of-its-kind waiting room at a model polling station in Zunheboto, where there was a creche facilty and free drinking water provision for voters, especially women.

Voters waiting for their turn at a polling station in Mizoram on Thursday

The region on Thursday saw voting for 14 Parliamentary constituencies of the region. Polling for the remaining 11 seats will be held during the second and third phases on April 18 and 23, respectively.

Voters sit on benches provided by the polling booth while waiting in queue during the first phase of Lok Sabha elections in Mizoram on Thursday
The scene at a polling station in Kohima, Nagaland on Thursday
Even during the 2018 Mizoram elections, one could see voters being provided with seating arrangements while they waited for their turn to cast their votes

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