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'India's first voter' dies at 105

2022-11-05 22:44:00, Kuriozitete CNA
'India's first voter' dies at 105
Shyam Saran Negi

The man dubbed as "India's first voter" has died at the age of 105.

Shyam Saran Negi is believed to have been the first person to cast his vote when India held its first general election after gaining independence from British rule. Negi has voted in every election since then.

The 105-year-old had cast his vote just three days before his death on Saturday, in the assembly elections for his home state of Himachal Pradesh.

The retired teacher is believed to be the first person to vote in an independent India because his state opened polling stations five months early in 1951 for the 1952 elections.

Earlier this week, officials from the Electoral Commission rolled out a red carpet for him when he cast his postal vote ahead of the Nov. 12 election.

Indian media reported that it was the first time that Negi had not participated in a vote, deciding to post the ballot due to poor health./ CNA.al

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