Shyam Saran Negi – India’s first voter to get Govt vehicle on polling day
During 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, he was featured in Google’s ‘Pledge to Vote’ video that went viral. Indian EC had honoured Negi in 2010 as part of the Commission’s diamond jubilee celebration.
Kinnaur: The district administration of Kinnaur has made special arrangements for the first and oldest voter of India Shyam Saran Negi as he is now 100-years-old and ailing.
Despite his old age, Negi has not lost even a bit of his commitment and eagerness towards cast his vote.
Walking has become a difficult task for him now, so a special vehicle will be deputed to facilitate him.
The official vehicle will escort Negi to the polling booth and will also drop him back home after he casts his vote.
An inspiring personality, he became a celebrity during last assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh as he was highlighted as the first person to cast his vote in the first elections held on October 25, 1951 in independent India.
Born in Kalpa of Kinnaur district in 1917, Negi is a retired teacher. He has not skipped even a single election and caste his vote like a committed citizen of a democracy.
During 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, he was featured in Google’s ‘Pledge to Vote’ video that went viral.
Prior to it, the Indian EC had honoured Negi in 2010 as part of the Commission’s diamond jubilee celebration.
He is still inspiring voters to use their most important right – casting vote.
The term for 68-member State Assembly will end on January 7, 2018.
As per the notification issued by the Election Commission of India on October 12, the polling for the assembly elections will be held on November 9. The counting will take place on 18 December.