By: Parul Arya
The Delhi Election Commission has decided to make special provisions for the differently abled in the Lok Sabha elections. It plans to tie up with civil society organisations and NGOs “for this integrated campaign” intended to ensure that a large number of differently-abled people turn up to vote for the Lok Sabha elections, which will take place in Delhi on April 10.
Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev said, “It is a new initiative taken by the commission for a better poll day.”
Admitting that the EC did not have data on the number of differently abled voters in Delhi, he said the EC hoped to compile the data with the help of NGOs and civil society organisations. “The data available with the Election Commission is categorised on the basis of gender, age, etc, but we do not have data available on how many differently abled voters are there in Delhi. We want to start compilation of such data with the help of various organisations working with them,” Dev said.
Once this data is available, special facilities will be provided in polling stations, where differently-abled voters are registered. “We decided that this was one area where special focus was needed and decided to take steps to reach out to them through special initiatives,” Dev said.
A special camp will be held on March 9 for voters who want to check if their names are in the voter list. “An elector photo identity card might not be enough to ensure that a person can vote. Everyone should check their names in the electoral list also,” Dev said.
(The reporter is an EXIMS student)