Born in July 1917, Negi has voted 16 times in the Lok Sabha elections since 1951. He has also been an icon of Himachal Pradesh since 2014. He has voted in every election since 1951. Chief Election Officer Manish Garg also Saran Negi, a registered voter, was congratulated for casting his vote.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur has expressed grief over the death of Shyam Saran Negiji, the first voter of independent India and a native of Kannur. While fulfilling his duty, he cast his postal vote for the assembly election for the 34th time on November 2, his memories will always be sad.