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3 days after the postal vote, India’s first voter dies at 106; Himachal gives full state honor

Last updated: November 05, 2022, 09:39 IST

Negi will be cremated with full state honours, ANI news agency reported, citing Kinnaur's district commissioner (Image: ANI)

Negi will be cremated with full state honours, ANI news agency reported, citing Kinnaur’s district commissioner (Image: ANI)

Negi exercised his franchise right for the 34th time for the 14th Vidhan Sabha elections through a postal ballot at his home in Kalpa on Wednesday

Independent India’s first voter, 106-year-old Shyam Saran Negi, died Saturday morning at his birthplace in Kalpa in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. On Wednesday, when Negi had last exercised his franchise right, he had voted for the 34th time in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections via a postal ballot at his hometown of Kalpa.

Negi will be cremated with full state honour, ANI news agency reported citing Kinnaur’s district commissioner.

Born in July 1917, Negi was popularly known as Master Shyam Saran. He had first voted in the 1951 general election of India, and since then he has voted in every election and never missed a chance to vote. On Wednesday, he had voted for the first time by ballot.

He also became an icon of the state elections in 2014.

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