Gujarat polls: 117-year old Kathuria has voted in every election since 1951

With a zeal to bring in more voters to the poll booth in the forthcoming Gujarat Assembly elections in December, the Election Commission of India has come up with an unique idea to motivate the youth to exercise their right to franchise.

Kathuria Wasaba. Image courtesy IBN7

The Commission has made 26 citizens, who are more than 100 years old, its brand ambassadors. However, what makes this bunch apart is not their age but the fact that they have never missed an opportunity to vote till now -- be it the panchayat or Parliament.

"The 117-year-old Kathuria Wasaba from Dediyapada has been voting since independent India's first election in 1951. Till date he has not missed any. He is an inspiration," said Narmada district collector, Milind S Torawane.

Nodal officer DB Patel also shares similar views.

"Our aim is to motivate the young and the able-bodied ones to come out and vote. When a person like Kathuria is doing it for all these years, why can't the others do it?" Patel asked.

The state votes in two phases -- 13 and 17 December. The results will be announced on 20 December.

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