CEC promises disabled-friendly booths; app to file complaints

BHOPAL: The coming Assembly elections in four states will witness a disabled-friendly set-up at polling stations and use of a mobile application to report electoral malpractises, Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat today said.

Speaking to reporters at the end of his two-day visit here for reviewing poll preparations, he said ‘accessibility observers’ would help differently-abled voters during elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Mizoram.

“For the first time, accessibility observers are going to assist physically disabled persons exercise the franchise,” Rawat said.

The Election Commission has laid a special emphasis on making the poll process accessible for all sections, especially the persons with disabilities, those who are aged or infirm, he said.

“All polling premises will have sturdy ramps (which wheelchair-bound voters can use). A database of disabled voters is being created and such electors would be enrolled and their list shall be provided to booth-level officers so that they can be given special assistance,” Rawat said.

Citizen Vigilance App, introduced in Bengaluru on a pilot basis, will be operationalised for coming polls to ensure free and fair election, said the CEC, accompanied by Election Commissioners Sunil Arora and Ashok Lavasa. (AGENCIES)