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Elections 2019: How Happy Are PWDs & the Elderly With 'Arrangements' At Polling Booths

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11 April 2019


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Bhubaneswar: In July 2018, the Election Commission of India held a two-day National Consultation on Accessible Elections, aiming to make voting more accessible for people with disabilities. The recommendations of the workshop were implemented widely before 2019 polls.

As Odisha went into first phase polls on Thursday, OMMCOM NEWS team carried out a sample survey on how happy persons with disabilities (PWDs) and senior citizens were with the arrangements made for their convenience. Here are the excerpts:

Marcus John (mobility disorder): During the previous elections (2014) the arrangements were not proper. We had to face a lot of difficulty in reaching the poll station and voting. This time (2019) the scenario is completely different. I got a wheelchair right from the approach road to the booth. I am thankful to the authorities.

Sujit Rath (visually impaired): All the booths have wheelchairs and volunters are deployed in large numbers. We welcome the steps taken by the election commission this time.  During 2014 elections the 'divayng' community had to face many challenges to reach the voting centre.

The situation is completely different in 2019 elections. The facilties at the booths are also adequate. This has encouragedus to come and vote in large numbers.

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Sujit Rath, Visual Impaired

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Marcus John, Mobility Disorder

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