The assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh are going to be held on 9th of November. Shyam Charan Negi who is Independent India’s first voter is all set to vote this time. The Election Commission has made special preparations for him.

Negi is 100 years old so it will be difficult for him to walk due to old age. For this reason, a special vehicle will be provided to him by Kinnaur district administration. He will be taken to the polling station and dropped back home in it. Also, he is set to receive a grand welcome at the polling station.

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Shyam was the first Indian to cast a vote in independent India for Mandi-Mahasu parliamentary constituency (now Mandi) On October 25, 1951. The election materials were carried out by the election commission to chini (now Kalpa) village polling station, located in a primary school, on mules. During that period Negi was a government school teacher. He retired in 1975.

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When Google created a video for its #PledgeToVote campaign in 2014 showing Negi telling his story of first voting experience, This made Negi popular on the internet.

His daughter Surma Devi said to Times of India,”He is an inspiration to others as he has never missed the chance to vote.”

The story of Shyam’s participation in election voting is an inspiration for all the youths of India, especially who don’t consider voting as their responsibility.

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