Persons with disabilities are given priority at polling stations and they can enter the same without waiting in the queue. Polling personnel are briefed about the provisions of Rule 49 N of the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961, for permitting a companion to accompany a blind/infirm elector. Poll personnel are trained & sensitised regarding special needs of persons affected by various disabilities. Special Directions of the Commission were given for providing adequate facilities to the PwDs in a circular dated 7th September, 2016. http://eci.nic.in/eci_main1/current/ImpIns_16092016.pdf
For Loco-motor Disabilities
Attempts are made to set-up the polling station on the ground floor. Temporary ramps are installed at the polling station location where permanent ramps have not been provided for access by wheelchair bound persons. Access to ramps has been made smooth in places of sandy and slushy pathways. Wheelchairs are provided at identified polling stations. Facility to take wheel chairs inside polling stations has been granted. Entrance door of polling station are kept wide open and adequate space is provided around the voting compartment to ensure easy movement for wheel chairs.
For Visual and Aural Disabilities
There exists Braille signage on the Ballot Unit of the Electronic Voting Machine for the benefit of the visually impaired. Electors with speech & hearing impairment are given special care as in the case of other disabled persons.
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