Shyam Sharan Negi, The First Voter Of Independent India, Passed Away: Shyam Saran Negi India’s First Voter Dies: Shyam Saran Negi (106), the first voter of independent India, passed away. He passed away after casting his vote in the 14th Himachal Pradesh assembly elections. He cast his vote in the Himachal Pradesh election through postal ballot on November 2. Shyam Saran Negi had health problems even during the time of casting the postal vote. Negi left after exercising his right to samadhitana of 34 tortoises.
Negi was the Election Commission’s Vocational Election Ambassador. Funeral services will be held with professional honors. When India went to general elections in 1951, Negi cast his vote for the first time in the country, on 25 October. While other parts of the country went to the polls in February 1952, Himachal Pradesh was delayed due to weather problems. Early polling was held in Kalpa due to snowfall and Negi was on duty at the polling booth that day. Negi arrived at seven in the morning and cast his vote first.
He is a former school teacher. When they came to vote in the 2017 state election, the first voter was given a grand welcome by the Election Commission and the locals. Negi was born in July 1917. He remembered his first vote too. It was only later that he came to know that he was the first person to vote in that area. He also had a special message for the voters. He said that not a particular party but honest and energetic members should be sent to represent you in Parliament.
In 2010, as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the Election Commission, the then Chief Election Commissioner Naveen Chawla visited Shyam Sharan Negi’s village and honored him. Shyam Saran Negi was one of the 999 voters above the age of 100 in the state. Pratham Vidyalaya School, which started in 1890, gave Negi a grand reception with a red carpet spread on the way to the polling booth. It was in the same school that Negi voted in 1951. 16 Lok Sabha elections and 13 Assembly elections have fallen on Negi’s finger. Negi has also acted in a Hindi film called Sanam Re. One of Negi’s main hobbies was listening to the radio.
Negi, who was a primary school teacher, retired in 1975. Negi was 34 when he voted in the first general election. Negi has voted in all the Assembly, Lok Sabha, and Panchayat elections held in the state since 1951. The Election Commission has kept the video of Negi voting in the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections from 2007 to 2014.