Rochhinga, aged 108, was considered to be the oldest voter in Mizoram as the election to the 40-member state Assembly terminated peacefully on Wednesday. Rochhinga, a Presbyterian Church elder and a resident of Zemabawk North in Aizawl East-I constituency, came holding a walking stick along the side of one among his neighbors.
Also among the voters were persons aged 106, 104 and 96.
“I never miss voting in elections. It is our duty. If we fail in our duty, then how can we question when the government will fail in its duty?” Mr. Rochhinga told the media, after casting his vote. His neighbor said that the centenarian has a keen interest in political developments.
Aged 106, Ms. Darrohnuni, who exercised his franchise at Kawrthah polling station-III under the Hachhek seat along the Mizoram-Tripura border, was the second oldest person to cast her vote.
Wrapped in woolens, Ms. Darrohnuni came in a wheelchair pushed by her granddaughter.
Another girl, 104-year-old Aiziki of Lunglei Chanmari, cast her vote to elect the next government in Mizoram. She came on holding a walking stick.
Nuchhungi (96) of south Mizoram’s Siaha seat and Darlianzingi (90) of Serchhip Chhim Veng polling station were two of the nonagenarians who exercised their franchise Wednesday.
Many alternative senior voters came out of their homes with crunches, sticks or wheelchairs from the morning to participate in the electoral exercise.