Wasting vote is sin, we want development, says 102 year of voter
JAMMU: Elderly voters in Jammu region of the UT continued to keep their date with the ballot stating that wasting a vote tantamount to committing a sin and they will continue to cast their votes till they are alive.
A large number of aged voters attracted media attention after they reached at different polling stations across Jammu province to cast their votes.
State Election Commissioner KK Sharma, IG Police Jammu zone, Mukesh Singh among a number of other government officers shared the photographs of the elderly voters on their social media platforms.
Shani Devi, 90, appeared at polling station Danu Parole in Mandli block of Kathua district at around 11 AM where she casted her vote.
“I am bit unwell but I have come here to cast my vote as this is my constitutional and democratic right,” Shani Devi told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), while showing her inked finger before the media persons outside the polling station.
Gurdas Khajuria, aged 102, from Mandiote village of Chenani tehsil of Udhampur district was brought at the polling station Mandiote by his son where he voted.
“Although my father is ill but he insisted us to take him to polling station,” Khajuria’s son said.
Similarly, 102-year-old Mastoora Begum wife of Late Ghulam Hussain from Kastigarh, Doda also reached the concerned polling station where she voted.
“The aged people are a source of inspiration for us as despite after suffering with many issues including problems of being aged, they ensure to visit the polling station on the day of voting and vote in favour of their candidate,” Sharik Ahmed, a young voter standing near the polling station said.
“Voting is our right and is must for all as only active participation of a voter strengthens democracy. Wasting a vote is a sin. We will continue to cast vote till we are alive,” said 108 year- old Mukhti Begum from Larh area of Reasi.
Aged Mukhti reached at the polling station at around 10 AM and casted her vote with a hope that here area will witness a new era of development.