100-year-old woman to be poll mascot in Kannur district of Kerala

World Friday 06/May/2016 17:07 PM
By: Times News Service
100-year-old woman to be poll mascot in Kannur district of Kerala

Kannur: A-100-year-old woman, who is all set to cast the first vote of her life in the May 16 Assembly elections, will be a poll mascot in Kannur district of south Indian state of Kerala.
Though many elections had come and gone in her lifetime, centenarian Thressiamma Chacko, a native of Kolakkad, had been indifferent to them.
When she expressed desire to cast her vote for the first time in the coming polls, the district administration has come up offering her all support and decided to present her as a mascot to woo voters to exercise their franchise.
Thressiamma, who is living with her son Johny, had applied for voters' identity card at an Akshaya centre, a project focusing on the various facts of e-learning and e-governance, at Kolakkad recently.
District Collector P Bala Kiran himself arrived at her residence and handed over her the voter identity card last evening.
"She is very active even at this age and really enthusiastic to exercise her franchise. She will be an inspiration to all voters to exercise their franchise in the upcoming polls," Bala Kiran told PTI.
The district administration officials also gave the woman some lessons on how to use the voting machine.
The woman told officials that she had no time to think about polls or casting vote during her young age as she had been struggling to meet both ends of her family.
Thressiamma would cast the vote at the polling booth in a local school near her house, family sources said.