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      Karnataka (Year-2018)

      The theme and focus of SVEEP, Karnataka has been “Inclusive, Accessible and Ethical Elections”. All efforts were thus  made to enhance the registration and voting of PwDs. Celebrities like Bharat Ratna awardee Prof CNR Rao, Rahul Dravid, Jnanpith awardee Dr Chandrasekhar Kambar, Ashwini Angadi, Girish N. Gowda- a para Olympian and others were roped in as State Icons. In an effort to promote participation by PwDs, 26 Polling Stations were opened and fully manned by PwDs. 388 Polling Personnel with Disabilities contributed in polling station and election-related work across the State. Special camps were organized for registration of PwDs. Campaign resources including videos, films, posters and banners featuring Icons were effectively used in cinema halls, malls, print, electronic and social media to create awareness among the target group. Special postage stamp on the theme of inclusiveness were released and a special registration and voting guide for the visually impaired in Braille script was widely distributed. The Chief Electoral Officer, sent out Personalized letters in Braille to 1000 visually-impaired voters. A special software for reading WhatsApp and other social media messages was devised. The State observed an improved turnout amongst its PwD voters as a result of its dedicated efforts.
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      Madhya Pradesh (Year-2018)

      Preparing ahead of MP State Legislative Assembly Elections 2018 With elections scheduled for later in 2018, the State is determined to stand true to the theme of the year on ‘Accessible Elections’.  Until now, Madhya Pradesh has taken the following measures -  Educated and sensitized PwDs have been made Campus Ambassadors for motivating PwDs. Educated deaf and dumb PwDs are being motivated to work as BLOs. In Bhopal, Ujjain, Indore and Jabalpur districts, BRTS bus-stops have been made PwD-friendly and facilities like toilets, drinking water, ramps, shades etc, have been provided for their smooth transit and participation. Dummy ballot papers for visually impaired voters have been prepared and successfully used in the State Bye-Elections. A visually- challenged Professor, Dr. Rohit Trivedi associated with the Government Sarojini Naidu Autonomus Girls College, Bhopal has been identified as State Icon.  
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      Meghalaya (Year-2018)

      The Silent Ballot – Massar  The village of Kongthong in Meghalayas East Khasi hills perched on an adjoining ridge is known  far and wide, as the village where its residents, are identified not with their names, but through various musical whistles and sounds. It is strikingly ironical that just across the hill, and in stark contrast, lies the village of Massar, known as a “silent village’’, with its 87 households, being either, partially or completely tone deaf and hearing impaired. In the year of Accessible Elections, this feature drew the election officials towards the village, in an effort to better understand and to make Elections truly accessible to each and every voter, and to perhaps make an “unheard” election “heard”.   With a view to penetrate these impervious circles, the officials soon found themselves at the village Headman’s house. The young Headman and his Secretary shared a detailed  account of how  over  87 households belonging to the Nongsteng clan have remained silent for generations together for the past 100 years.   He revealed that there are two groups of people amongst the Nongsteng Clan – The “hearing group” – Nongsteng Sngew and the “deaf group” Nongsteng Kyllut, living on two different hills. He mentioned that 87 households from amongst the village residents are dominated by the Nongsteng “deaf group”. It was pointed out that, most of the children, in the age bracket 0-6years are at various stages of hearing impairment. Records of some NGOs working in the village, reveal that this community of hearing impaired numbers about 90 persons, including 42 children.    The officials personally interacted with the community members to understand ways to make tangible efforts at making Accessible Elections not only truly accessible, but also inclusive, for each and every eligible voter from amongst them. A young lady Batimon Nongsteng a member of the Nongsteng kyllut clan, acted as a vital link on communication between the two parties. It was through Batimon, that the Nongsteng voters about 35 of them, some of them profoundly deaf, some partially, could vocalise their thoughts through signs and shrill syllables. Batimon shared that to survive, some learnt to lip-read, whereas a large many floundered. On enquiring about elections through a unique combination of sign language and lip-reading, many of them raised their hands to indicate in the affirmative. The ERO of the Assembly constituency, however remarked, that perhaps many of the women here continued to grapple with silence, at a time when elsewhere, the Poll campaign would have reached a crescendo through loud jingles, bands, songs and speeches. Asked how they responded to political campaigns, the members revealed that they diligently followed messages,  received on their mobile phones, which even in their respective day to day lives is an indispensible tool for enabling them to communicate and negotiate their challenged existences. The officials were told that as the hearing impaired amongst this community are mainly women, often it is a male member who would guide his female relatives through sign language on the voting process.   Across the village, silence hangs like a heavy curtain, and interpersonal communication is relegated to lip-reading and basic sign language. When the village votes, even the beep of the electronic machine is often lost on most of these women. Painstakingly, it was communicated that the Election Commission has designated 2018 as the year of Accessible Elections, with a special focus on People With Disabilities (PWDs) like themselves, and that the purpose of the visit was to better understand their difficulties and challenges, and that the Commission will be creating special facilities for them, for their enrolment and voting, to help them. No sooner were these messages comprehended that the community collectively broke into a smile which drifted across like a hopeful haze.   The affirmative message of Accessible Elections, cut a steady and hope filled path through the silence, and the collective handicaps experienced by this community soon transformed into hope, as it was announced that one of theirs, Batimon  Nongsteng has been appointed as a Special Booth Level Officer for PWDs of Massar Polling Station under 27-Pynursla (ST) AC, with the specific role to assist the PWDs in enrolment in the Electoral Rolls, to facilitate them during polling, and to also act as facilitators of the PWDs in all election matters, including all other issues concerning their welfare in connection with their participation in the Electoral Process. Sign languages, embodying applause, quickly followed when it was announced that as part of Assured Minimum Facility (AMF), priority voting, and continued endeavours to ensure the presence of specially trained volunteers, would be made available for them in all future elections. To end this unique interaction, a vote of thanks was proposed by a young hearing impaired girl who recently passed her matriculation from St. Fernando, a leading speech and hearing impaired institution of the state.  
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      Goa (Year-2017)

      Divyang Polling Station of Panaji  In tune with the Election Commission’s intent to make the election process more inclusive and to encourage differently abled voters to exercise their franchise, it was decided to declare one of the polling stations in 11- Panaji AC as a Divyang Polling Station. This polling station was managed entirely by staff, including the Presiding Officer, who are differently abled. Special efforts were taken to identify such staff from the various government departments. The willingness of the officials were sought and two groups were formed – one for the duties on the day of poll and one reserve. Special training was given in two rounds for these personnel and their feedback was taken in order to make provisions for their specific requirements at the polling stations so that they have a comfortable experience. This initiative was widely appreciated by the national and local media and NGOs working for the differently abled. The Divyang Polling Station had a large voter turnout.   In addition to this, special efforts were made to identify differently abled voters in each Polling Station Area through house to house verification by BLOs and Sector Officers. Accordingly, transport facilities through the vehicles of Sector Officers were made available on the day of poll to the differently abled. More wheelchairs were provided in polling stations were a larger number of differently abled voters were expected to cast their votes.
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      Gujarat (Year-2017)

      Reaching out to the Visually Impaired Enrolment Programs were held at organisations working with PwDs in Ahmedabad like Blind People’s Association, Prakash, Uthan Talim Kendra etc. 8236 PwD voters identified through BLO survey, which is highest in the state. To appeal to them, two Pwd Icons in the district are identified. SVEEP activities like Voter Awareness Tricycle Rally by PwD Voters were organised along with the other awareness campaigns.  
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      Himachal Pradesh (Year-2017)

      In the run up to the November 2017 election for the State Legislative Assembly, Himachal Pradesh determinedly worked towards motivating PwD electors, facilitating them and ensuring their participation. One of the first tasks accomplished by the State, was the preparation of a database of PwDs with the help of records maintained by the Department of Social Justice & Empowerment/Hospitals and the office of CMOs. The list of PwDs was shared with BLOs so that they could help them in enrolment and subsequent awareness and motivation to participate in the electoral process.   Special modules were developed for PwDs in the form of brochures, audio material etc, with the help of specialized agencies and departments to spread awareness about the electoral process. A Special drive was taken up to enrol PwD students in colleges with the help of Campus Ambassadors.Voter education content was included in the skill development programmes for PwDs run by the Department of Social Justice & Empowerment.Some CSOs regularly conducted vocational training for vision and hearing impaired people. Voter education content for PwDs was made available to these CSOs for inclusion in their trainings.   To inspire the will to vote, young achiever Muskan Thakur- a university student with excellent academic record, visually impaired, was selected as a youth icon to promote voter awareness among the youth. Seeing someone just like them so enthusiastic about the right to franchise, motivated other PwD electors to turn up on the polling stations.  
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      Punjab (Year-2017)

      Efforts in Hoshiyarpur   In accordance with the Election Commission of India’s mantra “No Voter to be Left Behind”, Hoshairpur District focused on ensuring that in the coming Assembly Election, all the Persons with Disability cast their franchise and they should not be deprived from this exercise due to the difficulty in travelling to the Polling Booth. In addition to the usual procedure of Identification and mapping, special efforts were made to improve the voting percentage of PwDs. Various steps are targeted in this direction to ensure availability of assistive aids at polling booths so that all the PwD voters not only get motivated to participate in election process but also can vote easily, safely and with dignity.    Rallies at block level were organised regarding the SVEEP activities and approximately 356 volunteers with voter’s consent were deputed for PwD voters. Polling Booth Level micro planning & mapping of each PwD voters which needs the wheel chairs or any other assistance was incorporated. Volunteers were not only just enrolled but they were trained also (all of them were registered as First time Voters and belonged to family of respective PwD Voter) to facilitate the every PwD voters for voting with inter-sector cooperation of Health Department thus ensuring that every PwD voter has dedicated motivator cum assistant.    Moreover, on National Immunization Pulse Polio Round a special message was conveyed by the frontline workers 30 Making Elections Accessible regarding the PwD voters to cast their vote easily, safely and fearlessly. Also, on January 25, 2017 voter day celebrated at block level where as all the PwD voters were invited personally by special invitations and were motivated to cast their vote.    Special needs of the PwD voters were catered with proper management. Availability of wheel chairs at booth level to the PwD Voters was ensured. Provision of emergency service was maintained at Dispensaries, CHC’s, and SDH & Distt. Hospital during the polling days. All above efforts resulted in 92% turn-out of PwD voters during Assembly Elections-2017 which is again the best performance in the state for ensuring Most Inclusive Voting till date.   How SBS Nagar achieved 90% polling by PwDs    The District Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar has added a new feather in its cap by bringing the PwD Voters into the main stream of democratic process by ensuring 90% PwD Voter polling during the recently concluded Assembly polls in the state. The District Health Department was entrusted with task of identification of the eligible Persons with Disabilities who have not been enrolled as voters so far. The District Health Department, working on the micro plan prepared for the PwD voters, mobilized the SMOs, MOs, ASHA, ANM, MPHW (M) and MPHF (F) workers to identify and educate the PwD voters for their participation in electoral process. With a view of giving a concrete shape to the well planned program on PwD voter participation, the district administration also identified the availability of wheel chairs and deputed 356 volunteers for making it convenient for the PwD voters to exercise their franchise.    District Administration dedicatedly put its efforts to mobilize PwD voters by organizing seminars, awareness rallies etc. for voters awareness in general and establishing personal rapports with the PwD voters in particular in their respective areas of jurisdiction. Nehru Yuva Kendra organised “Jago”, “street plays” and “Candle Marches” in different villages as part of SVEEP activities. Special emphasis was laid on mobilizing PwD voters Making Elections Accessible 31 during the campaign. Besides, identifying the PwD voters, the requirement from the PwD voters for making it convenient for them to cast their vote, were also taken care off on the day of polling. Individual letters were sent to each PwD voter soliciting them to vote and also allocate volunteers to bring and assist them to their respective polling booths. National Voter Day 25th January 2017 totally dedicated to the PwD voters and special invitation was given by District Election officer to each PwD voter during this function. Hence, after excluding the dead voters, the effective PwD count stands at 1455, out of which as many as 1307 exercised their franchise. 90% PwD voters participated in the electoral process and made a valuable and inclusive contribution to the franchise Ludhiana’s ECI360 App   PwD (Persons with Disabilities) voters were made a special focus area by providing them free pick-up and drop service, along with Youth volunteers who greeted them with rose buds and an invitation letter. State level function held at Ludhiana to encourage and create awareness among physically disabled voters and video clips made to encourage them to come out and vote. Through ECI360 Mobile App, PwD (Person with Disability) can include everyone in the Electoral process; PwD can now request facility to enable them to vote. Request for additional service can be made & monitored online.  
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      Uttarakhand (Year-2017)

      Divyang Doli in Rudraprayag   Divyang Doli was initiated to facilitate PwD voters, for around 232 voters spread across 133 polling stations, it was a helping hand for voters with disabilities who could not walk to the polling station on their own. Volunteers were roped in to assist persons with disabilities to reach the polling station and cast their vote with ease.  
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      Uttar Pradesh (Year-2017)

      Azamgarh: Booth Dost for PwDs    Special efforts and innovations were made in Azamgarh to strengthen the concept of INCLUSIVE DEMOCRACY.   An intensive survey was done by which 30583 PwDs were listed, the highest in UP. The survey also included the type of disability of the PwDs, their mobile number, epic number etc. A free, offline app was made to reach out to the PwDs. Using this app, a two way communication was established between the BLO and PwDs which helped in filling form 6 and any EPIC related issues.    There are around 650 newly recruited lekhpal in the District who are in their training tenure. They were given the name of BOOTH DOOT and were allotted booths for survey of PwDs. There are around 3461 booths and each lekhpal were given around 5-6 booth for survey. A mock poll session with around 300 PwDs who were facing 6 types of disabilities namely deaf, dump, blind, without hands, legs and muscular dystrophy were invited and had a one to one experience with the EVM machine and a mock booth. It helped them to give a first-hand experience of booth. Distribution of voter slips in braille for the visually impaired voters was arranged. SVEEP Song was made 28 Making Elections Accessible and sung by PwDs to motivate the community and the same was pictured in sign language also for the deaf PwDs.    In addition to that, a tableau for “Inclusive Democracy” was displayed on parade ground on Republic Day and on Valentine Day, as gesture for our love for voting rights and PwDs, a Rose Marathon to promote voter awareness for PwDs was attended by hundreds of PwDs. They were felicitated with Roses during the march.   It was by these efforts that out of 30583 PwDs 21479 actually voted (Around 70%).   Kanpur Nagar: Election with a human touch (2017)    For a healthy democracy it is necessary that all the organs of the society participate in its democratic processes. It is failure of a democracy if any of its community fails to participate in the process of electing its representatives. For Uttar Pradesh General Assembly Election 2017, District Kanpur Nagar decided that the upcoming election will be an election with a human touch and special focus will be facilitation of Divyang Voters (PwDs).    The fundamental task to identify Divyang voters started when all BLOs were asked to identify through door to door verification. Later list of 23357 PwD pensioners was taken from PwD welfare department and provided to all BLOs area wise to supplement their search. BLOs could hardly identify around 8000 Divyang people despite repeated efforts. When this did not succeed in city area, employees, Zonal Officers of Municipal Corporation, Civil defence volunteers, ICDS workers were combined in ward wise teams and deployed for door to door survey of PwD people. The purpose was to identify Divyang people by surveying each household and confirming whether their names exist in Voter list or not.    Immediately thereafter the exercise of voter registration of left out Divyang people was started. After registering all the left out voters a control room comprising 10 people was started to feed the details of all Divyang voters AC wise. Special SVEEP activities were carried out with the help of Divyang associations, NGOs, Education departments, NSS and Civil defence. The main emphasis was on awareness rallies, street plays, EVM training and pledge taking.    District level officers of Panchayati Raj, Health, Revenue departments and In charge of NSS, NCC, NYK, Civil defence were called to depute their employees or volunteers as PwD Assistants. They were assigned the responsibility of PwD for smooth voting. These were arranged after a thorough consultation with PwD Associations for their special needs. Auto Rickshaws and E-Rickshaws were used as PwD Rath (Chariot) to carry PwD voters to polling stations.    The result of whole exercise was very overwhelming where in 80.78% PwD voters actually voted in a hassle free manner using all provided facilities  
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