Hassan: 10 polling booths to be disabled-friendly

Hassan: There’s good news for the physical disabled, the blind and those with impaired vision as polling booths have been made disabled friendly this assembly election to help them cast their votes on May 12.

Those with impaired vision can use a magnifying lens to check the names of the candidates and symbols displayed on the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and blind voters will be aided by a braille script to read the names of the candidates and recognise party symbols.

The physically disabled will be able to use ramps and wheelchairs to reach the polling booths and will also be helped by personnel at the booths in case they need any kind of assistance such as getting into a wheelchair or alighting from it.

Revealing this at a press conference here, Deputy Commissioner, P C Jaffer said of the 1978 polling stations in the district, as many as 1435 had voters with physical disability. In all, the district had 8613 voters with various kinds of physical disability. Of  them 1166  had impaired hearing, 1313 either had diminished vision or were blind, and 5357 were physically disabled. The polling booths will also have drinking water, toilets and first aid equipment.

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