Voters with special needs can take along companion to cast vote: EC

The differently-abled will also be given priority for entering a polling station — they will not have to wait in queue.

New Delhi | Updated: March 30, 2014 12:45:29 am

Stating that differently-abled voters have rights on a par with others, Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev said customised arrangements will be made in polling booths to ensure that people with special needs are able to exercise their franchise in the Lok Sabha elections.

He said if due to a disability, a voter is unable to vote on his/her own, the presiding officer shall permit the voter to be assisted by a companion of not less than 18 years of age.

“The companion should preferably be a relative and will be able to go till the voting compartment for recording the vote on behalf of the differently-abled voter and in accordance with his/her wishes,’’ an official said.

The differently-abled will also be given priority for entering a polling station — they will not have to wait in queue.

For verification of names of differently-abled people on the voters’ list, a nodal officer has been identified in each constituency.

“Voters with disability can register themselves using a link provided on the CEO website. Once registered, they can suggest what special provision they would require on voting day. This will help us in preparing a database of voters with special needs and also in making necessary preparations to ensure that requisite facilities are provided on polling day,” the official said.

Alternatively, a form can also sent to the nodal officer, who will be functioning from the office of the returning officer of the parliamentary constituency, he said.

“We are trying to provide seamless access to voters with special needs. Civic agencies will ensure obstruction-free travel to voting compartments. This will include repair and levelling of approach roads, providing ramps with hand rails and adequate slope and clear space for movement,’’ the official said.

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