A government school teacher who retired in 1975, Mr Negi was among the first to vote in independent India's first Lok Sabha elections in October 1951 in Chini constituency, which was later named Kinnaur. At that time, balloting in the snow-bound area was held ahead of other places in the state and the country.
Over the years, he has never missed an opportunity to vote, Mr Negi told reporters in Kalpa, around 275 km from state capital Shimla. "You must vote for a people-friendly government," the oldest voter added.
Mr Negi has been appointed a brand ambassador by the State Election Commission because of his 'oldest voter' claim-to-fame. Today, the couple was among the first ones to vote, said an election official.
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