Himachal Pradesh: Today seven states go to the polls, with 897 candidates vying for 64 seats in the lower house of Parliament. The states participating in the eighth phase are: Andhra Pradesh (25 seats), Bihar (7), Himanchal Pradesh (4), Jammu and Kashmir (2), Uttar Pradesh (15), Uttarakhand (5) and West Bengal (6).
India’s first polling station for the first general elections ever, was set up at Kalpa in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh? Consequently the first Indian community which exercised the right to franchise were Kinnars (also known as Kinnauras, a scheduled tribe in Himachal Pradesh).
There was a demographic reason attached to this fact. As these areas of Himachal Pradesh are snow bound it was decided to hold polls in advance here on October 25, 1951.
Today Himachal Pradesh goes on to vote, in Hamirpur constituency comes a voter who is one of the oldest voters of India at the age of 109 years (photo below) he is all set to cast his Vote. Election 2014 has been turning highest voting election so far, thanks to the spirit of such young heart aged people who stand up to cast vote while the city of youth and corporate like Bangalore stays behind. One should salute to the spirit of 109 year old Indian.
Another interesting fact about Himachal Pradesh is that country’s highest polling station is also located here. The name of the polling station is Hikkam, situtated at 15000 ft above sea level in Lahaul and Spiti district. This polling station is connected by a motorable road and will serve 333 voters out of which 153 are women and 180 men.
Shyam Saran Negi, 97, was the first person to vote in Independent India. In 1951 he voted for his own future. This year he will vote for the future of his great grand children. Join him in his pledge to vote by taking the pledge at google.co.in/elections
Already Google has saluted Mr. Shyam Saran Negi, a school teacher from a remote village in the foothills of the Himalayas, whohas voted in every General Election since 1951. Mr. Negi also pledged to vote in the 2014 elections. Google bought this inspiring video (video below) under its campaign #PledgeToVote.