A 93-year-old Chhattisgarh man will vote in the forthcoming assembly election for the first time

During this assembly election, Sher Singh Hedko, a resident of the village of Bhainsakanhar in the Bhanupratappur assembly constituency, would cast his first ballot.

Chhattisgarh: 93-year-old man from naxal-hit Kanker district to vote for  first time in upcoming Assembly polls
( Sher Singh Hedko )

During the upcoming assembly elections in Chhattisgarh’s naxal-affected Kanker district, a 93-year-old man will use his right to vote for the first time in his life.

A door-to-door campaign led by District Collector Priyanka Shukla in the district resulted in the addition of the nonagenarian’s name to the voter list.

This assembly election will be Sher Singh Hedko’s (93), first-ever opportunity to cast a ballot. He lives in the village of Bhainsakanhar (K), which is part of the Bhanupratappur assembly seat. Even after a number of years had passed, his name was not added to the list. Additionally, there may be a possibility that it is due to paperwork problems.

Hedko’s relatives, citing him because he is unable to talk properly, stated that the nonagenarian is thrilled to register his active participation in the democratic exercise and select his representative after his name was put to the voters’ list.The district is running a voter education campaign, and as part of this effort, Booth Level Officers (BLOs) are going door to door to register the names of eligible people whose names were left off the voter list.

As part of this campaign, BLO Rajendra Kosma discovered that the nonagenarian’s name was not put to the list and that he had never used his voting privileges. He had gone to enroll the name of Sher Singh’s grandchild. The paperwork for Sher Singh were finished after that.”This is a tremendous accomplishment of our BLOs that they addressed people at their doorsteps and made sure that their names were added to the voter list after they had been excluded for specific reasons. Sher Singh Hedko’s name was also added during this effort since the BLOs were proactive in assisting people gather the necessary paperwork, Kanker District Collector Priyanka Shukla said.

She noted that this time, the names of numerous older persons in the Antagarh and Bhanupratappur blocks had also been included, and she gave the credit for this progress to BLOs, EROs, and the SVEEP (Systematic Voter’s Education and Electoral Participation) team.

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