Independent India's First Voter, 104-Year-Old Shyam Saran Negi, Casts Vote For 33rd Time – Video
16:56 GMT 30.10.2021 (Updated: 10:40 GMT 19.07.2022)
A large number of people turned out to cast their vote in by-elections on Saturday for three parliamentary seats and 29 Assembly constituencies across 13 states – plus a union territory. The ballots will be counted on 2 November.
The first voter of independent India, 104-year-old Shyam Saran Negi, cast his ballot for the 33rd time for the by-elections on Saturday in the village of Kalpa in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.
The wheelchair-bound man was honoured by district officials who played traditional musical instruments to welcome him.
In a video posted on Twitter, locals wearing traditional Himachali hats can be seen gifting Negi a garland and scarf.
A retired school teacher, Negi voted in 1951-52 during the country's first general elections.
Since then, he's never missed out on voting in state polls and urges others to do the same.
During the 2014 elections, Google made a video featuring Negi for its #PledgeToVote campaign and captured his experience of voting for the first time in 1951.