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Delhi’s oldest voter, 111-year-old Bachan Singh, casts his vote

Bachan Singh cast his vote at the Sant Garh polling booth in West Delhi’s Tilak Nagar on Sunday during the sixth phase of the seven-phased Lok Sabha elections.

SNS | New Delhi |

At a time when the Election Commission, holders of constitutional posts, celebrities, and individuals are exhorting the common people of all age groups to go out and vote, there are a few voters who not only exercise their franchise but also inspire others with that single move

One such inspirational figure is Bachan Singh, who, at 111 years, is Delhi’s oldest voter, according to the records of the Delhi Election Commission.

Bachan Singh cast his vote at the Sant Garh polling booth in West Delhi’s Tilak Nagar on Sunday during the sixth phase of the seven-phased Lok Sabha elections.

As he arrived in a wheelchair he was greeted by his relatives and well-wishers.

Before Singh, Shyam Saran Negi of Himachal Pradesh was in the news as he was reported to be not only the oldest voter of the state but also independent India’s first voter.

102-year-old Negi was the first person to cast his vote at the polling booth in Chini Tehsil in Kinnaur in 1951, when people in parts of Himachal Pradesh were allowed to vote five months prior to the first general elections slated for February 1952 in view of the possibility of snowfall in tough areas.

Negi has never missed casting his vote over the decades and he was the brand ambassador of the Election Commission of India (ECI) in 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

(With IANS inputs)