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.
Edited by ECI