Audit of election booths to allow disabled to vote

CHENNAI: Ahead of National Voter’s Day on Monday, NGOs and activists working for rights of the disabled on Sunday presented a 12-point charter to make election booths booths accessible for voters with physical, visual and hearing impairment.
Chief electoral officer Rajesh Lakhoni said he is taking steps to make sure disabilities do not rectrict voters — a subject that the Madras high court has repeatedly asked the authorities to address.”We have been working with the election department for the past six months because political participation is imperative,” Disability Rights Alliance member Smitha Sadasivan said. “This year we are aim to rope in disabled people from institutions who are largely left out of the process.”NGOs along with the chief electoral officer will carry out an accessibility audit of 3,500 polling booths in Chennai.

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