Century-old nun chooses Obama

Sister Cecilia Gaudette, a 106-year-old American nun who lives in a convent in Rome, has notified BBC that she will be voting for Barack Obama.

She could well be the oldest person to vote in the 2008 US Presidential election.

She last voted for President Eisenhower in 1952 and although hard of hearing, she keeps herself informed by reading newspapers and watching TV at the convent.

“I’m encouraged by Senator Obama,” she claims.

“I’ve never met him, but he seems to be a good man with a good private life. That’s the first thing. Then he must be able to govern,” she adds.

Though the Catholic Church’s pro-life stance definitely clashes with Obama’s pro-choice views on abortion, Sister Cecilia claims she is more concerned with “peace abroad.”

But despite taking part in the election, Sister Cecilia does not intend to return to the US.

Though Gaudette, at 106, claims to “have no plans for the future”, her vote will ensure that, in some way, she has a say in the future after all.