At 105, Himachal Woman Turns Up To Polling Station To Cast Vote
Naro Devi, a 105-year-old voter, cast her ballot on Saturday at the Ladhan polling place in the Churah assembly district of Himachal Pradesh.
Naro Devi chose to use the electronic voting machine (EVM) at the polling place today despite the Election Commission of India (ECI) offering a voluntary option for voters 80 years of age and older to cast ballots at home.
“I salute 1.2 lakh voters in the state who are above 80 yrs of age. Drawing inspiration from them, youth gets the opportunity to go ahead. We pay tribute to late (India’s first voter) Shyam Saran Negi, it will be a fitting tribute to him to cast votes in large numbers,” CEC Rajiv Kumar told ANI.
In Himachal Pradesh, voting for the 68 seats in the assembly started today at 8 am and will last till 5 pm.
Hans Raj, the deputy speaker of the Himachal Pradesh assembly, is running again from Churah, whereas the Congress nominated Yashwant Singh. From this seat, NK Jaryal of the AAP is also a contender.
The Churah constituency is only open to candidates from the Scheduled Castes. Following the delineation of the Legislative Assembly constituencies, the constituency was created in 2008.
Before BJP leader Hans Raj pierced the Congress vote base in 2012, this seat was a stronghold for the party. He has served as a Churah MLA since 2012.
For the 68 Assembly seats, 412 individuals are vying for them, including 24 women.
Along with Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh will have its vote counted on December 8.
The BJP secured 44 seats in the most recent assembly elections, while the Congress was only able to secure 21 seats. At that time, two independent candidates and one CPM candidate also won.
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