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Nakhro thanks EC for according priority to disabled in polls

Press Trust of India  |  Kohima 

The icon for People with Disabilities (PwDs) in Diethono Nakhro has thanked the Election Commission for according priority to the disabled in the electoral process of the country.

"Making elections inclusive and accessible is not just about laws and rule books, but it is about wanting to do the right thing and then reaching out and making that little extra effort to make sure that voters with disability are not left out," Nakhro said at a workshop here Saturday.

The workshop was organised by office of the chief electoral officer of on 'Accessible Elections'.

The disability rights activist, however, regretted that many PwDs were unwilling to come forward to enrol themselves in the electoral rolls and even politicians and governments seemed least bothered about the welfare of the PwDs at polling stations.

She expressed happiness that the under the slogan 'no voter to be left behind' had developed a plan on removal of barriers, motivating, facilitating and enhancing participation by the PwDs in elections.

The people with must also be enrolled unless their condition is very severe and they have no sense of reasoning, she said.

The workshop was organised to ensure that election officers at the ground level were drilled in identifying and ensuring their enrolment of PwDs in electoral roll, said.

He said presently only 2,500 PwDs had been identified in E-rolls in the state, which considering its population, was very low.

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First Published: Sun, November 04 2018. 13:40 IST