GUWAHATI, March 31 - Lakhi Paul, at first instance, may seem like any other centenarian, but she has secured for herself an indelible mark in the annals of Charaideo�s history. The oldest voter in Charaideo election district, Paul is 104 years of age and is all set to vote in the ensuing 2019 Lok Sabha elections. She has three children � two sons and a daughter. She stays with one of her sons and daughter at Moran Town, Ward No 4.
In an effort to make the ensuing Parliamentary Elections 2019 inclusive and provide all possible aid to voters, SVEEP (Systematic Voters� Education and Electoral Participation) Cell of Charaideo tried tracking down all centenarian voters. During this drive, the cell came across Lakhi Paul, who in fact is older than independent India�s first voter Shyam Saran Negi aged 102.
�This is a history of sorts for us as we have tracked down district�s oldest voter aged 104 years. But what makes her more special is that she is two years older than Independent India�s first voter,� said Nuzhat Nasreen, Nodal Officer, SVEEP, Charaideo Election district.
On Saturday, March 30, a team from Charaideo district administration headed by Charaideo Deputy Commissioner Dipak Kumar Handique paid a special visit to Paul. On meeting her, the DC felicitated her with a gamosa and offered fruits. He first enquired about her health and congratulated her on being the district�s oldest voter. He further stated that the district administration will provide all possible help in terms of transportation and escort, if needed, on the polling day to Paul. He asked Mahmora Circle Officer, Tanvi Ahmed, who was part of the administration team who visited Paul to personally receive Paul on the polling day (11th April) and take her to the polling station to vote.
Sitting on her bed with a stick beside her, Paul acknowledged the district administration�s effort with a nod and folded hands. At 104 years of age, Lakhi Paul has developed hearing problems which made the conversation a bit difficult. However, on being asked by her daughter Madhu Paul, at the insistence of DC whether she will cast her vote this year, she nodded positively.
Lakhi Paul�s name is enlisted at 40 No Polling Station under 105 Mahmora constituency. The district administration team also consisted of Ms Phyllis Hrangchal, Assistant Commissioner, Charaideo.