At 101, She's Still Choosy about Casting Her Vote - The New Indian Express

At 101, She's Still Choosy about Casting Her Vote

Published: 06th April 2014 07:53 AM

Last Updated: 06th April 2014 10:34 AM

At 101, R Seeniammal of Virudhunagar is as sharp as a tack and has been showing much interest in the democratic process that is being played out in the district. Age seems to be no detriment to her as she keeps a keen watch on the campaigning activities of various parties. But she prefers to keep her cards close to her chest and says she is yet to decide who is worthy of her vote.

Seeniammal used to live in Mettupatti village in Thoothukudi district and came to Virudhunagar along with a Scotsman named Thomas Brown at the age of five. She studied till class V in a school in Vadamalapuram, after which she worked as a teacher at the same school. In 1975, she retired from A P S Girls Higher Secondary School in Virudhunagar and moved to the Christian Brethren Assembly on Rosalpatti road, where she started doing voluntary service.

Seeniammal celebrated her 101st birthday on April 1 and claims that since Independence she has never missed an opportunity to cast her vote. “I never fail to vote. Although I have grown old, I go to the polling booth with the help of neighbours,” she said, and added that voting is a citizen’s most important duty. She urged youngsters to ensure that they fulfil their duty towards the country.

Asked who she would vote for in the upcoming LS elections, she said she would take a decision after watching the campaigns of various parties on TV.

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