Special arrangements for Senior citizens and voters with physical disabilities in Chandigarh

Y.S.RANA | May 13, 2019 04:08 PM

CHANDIGARH: Senior citizens and voters with physical disabilities can exercise their voting right in a hassle-free manner in Chandigarh.  Mapping has been carried out booth-wise to identify different types of voters with disabilities and arrange for special facilities according to their requirement.  
With the voting for Lok Sabha seat in Chandigarh a week away among the various preparation is roping in NSS volunteers to provide some much-needed help to disabled and senior citizens on the voting day (May 19) in the city. These volunteers will assist such voters reaching their respective polling booth without any difficulty.
Chandigarh has only one constituency and voting will be carried out at 597 polling booths. In order to ensure a better voter turnout, the Chandigarh Administration is this time focusing on encouraging and aiding people with disabilities and the senior citizens to come out in maximum number and vote without any problem. Volunteers of NSS will assist such voters reach their polling centres.
While talking to Bikram Rana, State Liaison Officer, NSS Cell, Chandigarh told Daily Post that trained 1000 NSS volunteers along with coordinators have been selected for this purpose from various schools and colleges. City has 597 voting booths and two NSS volunteers—one male and one female—would be deputed to provide much-needed assistance to such voters.
He further added that volunteers were being trained in their duties. They would reach at their respective booth at 7 a.m. and will remain there till 6 p.m till the end of the voting. These volunteers would also be provided with packed lunch.
“Our main aim is to aware them about the process of voting and their maximum involvement in democratic system, said Mr Rana. Volunteers have been directed that such voters should not disturb while exercising their right to vote. The volunteers will be coordinating with the traffic police at all polling stations. .
The volunteers will help people with disabilities to reach their booths along with managing queues. Facilities like wheelchairs, first aid kit and drinking water and other amenities are  
put in place on the voting day.

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