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62 lakh PwDs registered through 'Accessible Elections' during 2019 polls: EC

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The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Sunday said that a total of 62,63,701 Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) were registered through 'Accessible Elections', an initiative taken by the poll conducting body to ensure the participation of PwDs.
"During this election, special focus was given to ensure the participation of Persons with Disabilities. A total of 62,63,701 PwDs were registered within an electorate of 910 million," the ECI said.
The motto of 'Accessible Elections' was one among the many initiatives of Election Commission to make the world's largest democratic exercise inclusive and participative for all, it added.
"The electors with disabilities and senior citizens were mapped polling station wise to provide them targeted and need-based assistance on the day of poll. During the election, all the polling stations were equipped with enough supply of wheelchairs and it was ensured that all polling stations had sturdy ramps for the convenience of PwD electors," the commission said in a press release.
It also added that all the polling stations had a sign language expert, signage and transport facility. "Door to door registration drives were carried to facilitate PwDs during the enrollment process. Moreover, a special mobile application was also developed by the Commission for easy registration," the poll conducting body said.
Stating that Accessibility Observers were introduced this year, it said: "EVMs used in the elections were embossed with Braille signage for the visually impaired voters' assistance. It was the first time that EPICs with braille were provided to the visually impaired electors. Other documents like voters' slip, voter guide had braille signage too.

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First Published: Jul 28 2019 | 3:41 PM IST

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