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127-year-old man casts vote in India
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20:36, May 13, 2009

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A 127-year-old man, who voted in the country's first general election in 1952, Wednesday became the oldest person in the country to vote, said an Election Commission official.

"Bhadaru voted in a polling booth in Kasumpti under hill station Shimla's parliamentary constituency, the capital of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. He came on a horse to exercise his francaise. This is history in our democracy," the official told the media.

Responding to media questions after voting, Bhadaru, who voted for India's first modern time Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1952, expressed dissatisfaction over the repeated inquires about his age.

"Why are you asking me again and again about my age? I am not getting pension," he said.

Some 107 million voters in India were eligible to vote in the fifth and last phase of the marathon month-long general elections.

Source: Xinhua

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