Specially-abled exercise voting right across India in Lok Sabha polls | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: As the seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha election 2024 took place, voters across the nation, including those with disabilities, turned up to cast their ballots.
In Odisha’s Baripada, an 85-year-old person with disabilities (PwD) was brought to the polling station in a wheelchair to participate in the democratic process. After voting, he stressed the significance of every citizen’s involvement in the electoral system.
A witness at the polling booth remarked, “When I reached to vote, I saw that a disabled voter was provided with a wheelchair and taken to the polling booth.After voting, they were dropped back at the entrance. I was very happy to see this. It was the first time I saw such arrangements. Perhaps similar arrangements were made at all the booths. I am very pleased with the government for making such provisions.”
In Uttar Pradesh’s Chandauli, Pooja, another PwD voter, arrived at the polling station on a tricycle to exercise her right to vote. Moreover, a man in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, made a unique statement by arriving at the polling booth on horseback, just as he had done in previous elections. He said, “In the 2012, 2017 and 2022 assembly elections and 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha polls also I had arrived on horse to cast my vote.”
The seventh and final phase of polling, took place across seven states and the Union Territory of Chandigarh.
The ECI estimates that over 10.06 crore electors, including approximately 5.24 crore male, 4.82 crore female, and 3,574 third gender electors, were expected to participate in this final phase. All 13 parliamentary constituencies in Punjab and six assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh are among the areas voting on Saturday.
The outcome of the Himachal Pradesh polls may have an impact on the state’s Congress government, as all six seats were previously held by Congress, and MLAs from these seats had cross-voted in the Rajya Sabha polls.
In addition to the Lok Sabha elections, polling for the remaining 42 Assembly Constituencies of the Odisha State Legislative Assembly is also taking place. Following the conclusion of voting, exit poll results will be broadcast on various television channels, as the Election Commission has prohibited the airing of exit polls from April 19 to June 1.
Throughout the lengthy campaign for the seven-phased Lok Sabha polls, Prime Minister Modi held more than 200 campaign events, including rallies and roadshows, over a span of 75 days. Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi conducted more than 100 rallies and public interaction programs, such as Nyay Sammelans and Nyay Manch, during the election period.
(With ANI inputs)


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