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The 102-year-old Shyam Saran Negi is not only the first voter of India but also the oldest elector. Negi exercised his voting rights in Kinnaur district of .
Since then Negi exercised his franchise in all the elections. In addition, he firmly advocates the principles of democracy and urges each and everyone to cast their vote.
Negi, who is set to turn 102-year-old this July once again proved age is just a number and is all geared up to vote in the Lok Sabha elections 2019. Negi relishes listening to the radio and still possesses a good vision.
Born on July 1, 1917, Negi worked as a teacher in a government school and was drafted for poll duty in the first election.
The 53-year-old Chander Prakash told Hindustan Times that his father Shyam had requested the polling party to allow him to cast his vote and then move to the polling station where he was assigned duty. The concerned officer agreed and he became the country’s first voter.
Nanda compared his experience of looking for the first voter with that of doing Ph.D. “We searched records and files for four months. The election commission also searched for records at its headquarters in New Delhi,” he said
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