Assam Police, while encouraging the people of the state to come out and vote keeping aside excuses, has identified Lakhi Paul as the oldest voter of India.
Sharing an image of the oldest voter on its Twitter handle on the eve of the first phase of general elections to the 17th Lok Sabha, Assam Police stated: “In Assam’s Charaideo District, India’s oldest voter, aged 104 yrs, Lakhi Paul is all set to vote tomorrow.
What’s your excuse not to vote on Election Day?
Exercise your Right to Vote.”
In Assam, five Lok Sabha constituencies – Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur, Kaliabor and Tezpur – will go to polls in first phase on Thursday (April 11).
Paul, which is reportedly two years older than independent India’s first voter Shyam Saran Negi, who is 102 years old, was was tracked by the SVEEP (Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation) Cell of Charaideo district.
Paul, who avails old age pension, has three children – two sons and a daughter.
She resides in a makeshift house at Ward No 4 in Moran town under Charaideo district along with one of her sons and daughter.
She will cast her vote at 40 No Polling Station in 105 Mahmora Assembly constituency under Jorhat Lok Sabha constituency.
On March 30, a team from Charaideo district administration led by Charaideo deputy commissioner Dipak Kumar Handique met Lakhi Paul and felicitated her with a gamosa and offered fruits.
According to media reports, the deputy commissioner asked Mahmora circle officer Tanvi Ahmed to personally receive Paul on the polling day and take her to the polling station to vote.
As per reports, Assam has altogether 2,744 centenarian voters.
In Assam’s Charaideo District, India's oldest voter, aged 104 yrs, Lakhi Paul is all set to vote tomorrow.
What's your excuse not to vote on Election Day?
— Assam Police (@assampolice) April 10, 2019