Thiruvananthapuram, May 8: Thressiamma Chacko will cast the first ballot of her life in the Kerala Assembly election due on May 16 and she will do so in 100 years!
The centenarian, who is a native of Kolakkad, was chosen as Kannur's poll mascot. She has witnessed several elections in her life but never participated in a single of them. [Know Your State - Kerala]
The woman, who struggled all her life to support her family, surprised all by expressing a desire to cast her vote for the first time in the upcoming election.
The district administration was quick to respond after it came to learn about Thressiamma's desire and she was presented as a mascot to encourage voters to take part in the festival of democracy.
District Collector P Bala Kiran himself reached out to the woman and handed over the voter ID card at her residence earlier this week. "She will be an inspiration," Kiran, who sought her blessing, told PTI.
Thressiamma, who will cast her vote in a school near her residence, was also taught the usage of the voting machine.
Thiruvananthapuram MP and former Union minister Shashi Tharoor also acknowledged Thressiamma's move on social media site Facebook.