Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar have hailed a 103-year-old voter in Karnataka’s Belagavi district for exercising his franchise using the home voting facility.
Mahadeva Mahalinga Mali recently cast his vote from home at Chikkodi in Belagavi for the Karnataka assembly elections.
”Shri Mahadev Mahaling Mali has inspired several people by his commitment towards strengthening democracy. It is also in line with the culture of Karnataka, which celebrates democratic values,” Modi said on Twitter.
Officials said Chief Election Commissioner Kumar has spoken to the centenarian over the phone to thank him for exercising his franchise using the home voting facility.
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Voting for the assembly polls in Karnataka will be held on May 10. Home voting takes place before the actual election date in full secrecy in presence of poll officials and representatives of political parties.
Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Election Commission has allowed home voting facility to voters who are 80 years and above, and those suffering from the infection or are under quarantine.
CEC Kumar telephoned the centenarian voter on Tuesday to thank him for voting in the state polls.
Mahadeva, they said, thanked the CEC for the facility of voting from home.
He also recalled that in the previous elections, he had gone to the polling station in a wheelchair to cast his vote.
Earlier, during the Himachal Pradesh elections last year, the CEC had visited Kalpa and Kinnaur to pay his condolences to the family of Shyam Saran Negi, independent India’s first voter who had participated in each and every election and also voted in the state polls using the home voting facility before his demise.