The Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly election, 2017 is scheduled to be held on 9 November 2017. This year the voting procedure is going to witness something that we all must be proud of. A citizen named Shyam Saran Negi is 100, and he is all set to cast his votes this year. Why am I discussing him? It's because he's not only the oldest voter of Himachal Pradesh but also the first voter of independent India.
Shyam Ji is as excited to cast this vote as he was when he voted for the very first time in 1951. Since that year, he has been voting actively in every general election that has taken place.
Facts and evidence show that Himachal Pradesh's first ever elections took place in the month of October. Shyam Ji was the first person to cast his vote during that time.
Although the elections usually take place in February, residents were given a chance to vote early because weather conditions were not favourable in February and people were advised not to step out of the house during that time.
Negi was excited when he got a chance to vote, but he was not aware of the fact that he is creating a record that the entire nation is going to remember forever.
Negi has been voting for a really long time. But, now his age is a serious issue when it comes to visiting the poll. This year a separate vehicle is going to take him to his destination so that he can vote comfortably.
At 100, he will be casting his vote at Kalpa, over 200 km from state capital Shimla.
Various officials and other noteworthy people are going to welcome him. This year around 7,521 VVPAT voting machines will be installed so that people can vote easily.
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