To increase voter participation in the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections, ride sharing platform Ola has partnered with the office of the Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka and Mangalore Zilla Panchayat, the Bengaluru District Electoral Officer and the Commissioner of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and the District Electoral Officer and the Commissioner of Mysore Corporation to provide free rides to persons with disabilities.
As part of this free service, Ola has assigned 270 cabs to the Election Commission which will be made available to ferry differently-abled voters to polling booths. This facility is made available across Bengaluru, Mysuru, and Mangaluru on Thursday and Ballari, Hubbali-Dharwad, Gulbarga and Belgaum on Friday.
Surya Sen AV, Joint Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka said, “We are committed to increase the participation of persons with disabilities in the General Elections to Lok Sabha this year and are keen to facilitate their constitutional right to vote. We are grateful to Ola and appreciate their efforts in enabling seamless transportation so that every citizen can go out and vote . ”
Ola has set up helplines — 9071464553 and 7624915133 — to assist the differently-abled voters and address any issues that arise. To ensure strict adherence to compliance, IVRS related to the rules of the Election Commission will be played on the driver partners’ mobile phone numbers.
Additionally, Ola has also arranged it with Nodal Officers and a team of volunteers to make calls to driver partners to verify the status of the scheduled pick-up of differently-abled voters on April 18 in Bengaluru, Mysore and Mangaluru.