This 100-Year-Old Kerala Woman Is Kannur’s Election Mascot

Centenarian and first-time voter Thressiamma becomes a poll mascot in Kerala’s Kannur district.

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100-year-old poll mascot, Thressiama receives her voter identity card in Kerala’s Kannur district. (Photo: Collector Kannur’s <a href="https://www.facebook.com/collectorkannur/photos/pcb.992254920871362/992253394204848/?type=3&amp;theater">Facebook page</a>)

A 100-year-old woman, who is all set to cast the first vote of her life in the 16 May Assembly elections, will be a poll mascot in Kerala’s Kannur district. 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 a desire to cast her vote for the first time in the coming polls, the district administration offered her all the support and decided to present her as a mascot to woo voters to exercise their franchise.

Thressiama receiving her voter identity card. (Photo: Collector Kannur’s <a href="https://www.facebook.com/collectorkannur/photos/pcb.992254920871362/992253394204848/?type=3&amp;theater">Facebook page</a>)
Thressiama receiving her voter identity card. (Photo: Collector Kannur’s Facebook page)

Thressiamma, who lives with her son Johny, had applied for a voters’ identity card at an Akshaya centre, a project focusing on the various facets of e-learning and e-governance, at Kolakkad recently. District Collector P Bala Kiran himself arrived at her residence and handed her the voter identity card.

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 to 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 a vote during her young age as she had been struggling to make both ends meet. Thressiamma would cast the vote at the polling booth in a local school near her house, family sources said.

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