Shyam Saran Negi is India’s first and oldest voter. In 1951, he cast the first vote in Independent India’s first General Elections. He is from Himachal Pradesh, hence people in HP got the chance to vote 5 months before the General Elections that actually happened in 1952.
He has voted in every election since then and in 2010, then-chief election commissioner Navin Chawla visited Negi’s village to honour him as part of the Election Commission’s diamond jubilee celebrations. In last elections, 99-year old Shyam Saran Negi reached the polling booth at 6.55 AM accompanied by his wife Hira Mani (94).
Here’s his message