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Senior-citizen-friendly polling booths planned

Our Bureau Mangaluru | Updated on March 15, 2019 Published on March 15, 2019

Senior-citizen-friendly booths will be provided with facilities such as walking sticks, walkers, wheelchairs and magnifying glasses. File Photo of a senior citizen casting vote.   -  The Hindu

To make the task of voting easier for senior citizens, Election Commission is planning to set up senior-citizen-friendly polling booths in Dakshina Kannada district.

Addressing presspersons in Mangaluru on Friday, R Selvamani, Chairman of the SVEEP (Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation Programme) Committee of Dakshina Kannada district, said steps have been initiated to identify the booths with higher percentage of senior citizen voters in the district to set up such booths.

Dakshina Kannada Lok Sabha constituency will go to the polls in the second phase on April 18.

Senior-citizen-friendly booths will be provided with facilities such as walking sticks, walkers, wheelchairs and magnifying glasses. Ramps will be set up in such booths for easy access to the senior citizen voters.

Vehicle facilities will be made for senior citizens, if they are unable to reach the polling booths. Volunteers appointed for this purpose will take care of senior citizens in such booths.

Selvamani, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat, said the SVEEP committee will also set up booths for persons with disabilities. The Dakshina Kannada Lok Sabha constituency has 10,911 persons with disabilities, he said.

Published on March 15, 2019
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