For those couch potatoes who didn’t cast their votes, 105-year-old Marappa Gounder and 95-year-old K Pappamal show there can be no excuse to not vote.
Despite having the postal option, Marappa, of Karupparayanpalayam in Coimbatire, walked half a kilometre from his house to the polling station on Tuesday. Similarly, Pappamal, of Periyar Nagar, exercised her franchise by visiting a school near her house. “People ask me why I strain myself at this age. But voting to elect the candidate of my choice is my right. Why should I waste this opportunity or allow someone to misuse it,” she said.
Ninety-two-year-old S Krishnammal from Ramanathapuram in Coimbatore, who has been exercising her franchise since the first general election in 1952, didn’t miss out this time too as she travelled to the corporation school at Puliyakulam with her relatives. “I recovered from Covid-19 two months ago. A few days ago, I hurt my back after I fell at home but I still wanted to visit the polling station to cast my vote because it is important to me,” she said.