- 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.