Three centenarian voters in West Jaiñtia Hills district were today felicitated by the office of the District Election Officer to observe the International Day of Older Persons.
The office handed them over letters of appreciation to 100-year old Emmanuel Biam of Mihmyntdu Lumpyrtuh Salini Colony Polling Station, 101-year old Thyrngai Dhar of Thadbamon (Section No. 3, Lummuriap) Polling Station and 102-year old Pherly Dan Moodop Polling Station, issued by the Election Commission of India.
The office of the District Election Officer in East Khasi Hills celebrated the day at the Mercy Home in Demthring here.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Ronnie Wahlang felicitated senior citizens at the programme. He said the elderly have been the true pillars and played a vital role in strengthening democracy.
He said that the Election Commission has decided to facilitate voting of elderly voters in every district by introducing vote from home besides special initiatives at polling stations. Postal ballots will be allowed for those aged above 80 after filling Form 12 D if they are unable to go to the polling stations.
He further added that the aim is to involve more senior citizens in the voting process as they have a lifetime experience.