Lok Sabha Election 2019

Facilities for people with special needs

Wheelchairs, ramps and help desks are among the amenities planned at polling stations for making the April 23 Lok Sabha election a comfortable experience for the elderly and people with special needs. The stations will also have breastfeeding corners for young mothers and makeshift crèches for children accompanying voters, Chief Electoral Officer Teeka Ram Meena said.

‘‘We also plan to have help desks for the elderly and people with special needs. There will be volunteers to help them who will be drawn from the National Service Scheme (NSS), Scouts and Guides, anganwadi teachers, Nehru Yuva Kendra and National Cadet Corps (NCC),’’' Mr. Meena said.

‘‘The idea is to make the elections accessible to all,’’ he said, adding that the facilities would be available in all polling stations.

Election officials, through a survey conducted with the help of district officials, have identified over 1.25 lakh people with special needs who might require assistance to reach polling stations. Kozhikode district has the highest number as per the figures updated on Wednesday evening - 23,750, followed by Malappuram - 20,245. Election officials have already made a promise that, this time, transport would be available for people with special needs. Mr. Meena had also held discussions with the Transport Department in this regard.

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