Shimla Nov 5

The first voter of independent India Shyam Saran Negi passed away this morning at his native place Kinnaur.  He was India’s first voter and has cast ballot 34 times since independence.

He passed away at Kalpa at the age of 104. The deputy commissioner of Kinnaur informed that he would be created with full state honours.

Recently, on November 2nd late Negi cast a ballot after the Election commission of India decided to facilitate all Centurian voters by way of providing them with the facility of a postal ballot. Born in July 1917, Mr Negi voted for the first time in 1951 in the general elections of India and has voted sixteen times in Lok Sabha Elections. He was also a state election icon since 2014.

A teacher by profession, the centenarian had voted in every election since 1951 and never missed an opportunity to vote.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur and all other senior leaders of parties have extended their condolences on his demise.


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