CEO invites suggestions to enhance accessibility to PWDs

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Imphal: The office of Chief Electoral Officer, Manipur, in a press release invited suggestions from all stakeholders including the clubs, NGOs, CSOs and other organisations working or has worked for or in collaboration with the PwDs to enhance the accessibility to the PwD electors or help remove any bottlenecks that would hinder them while exercising their Adult Franchise.

The office of Chief Electoral Officer, Manipur, following the guidelines of the Election Commission of India (ECI), is putting its effort to provide hassle free access to the entire election process to all. It has been endeavouring to ensure accessible and inclusive elections by enrolling all the eligible voters, particularly the PwDs and the marginalised sections of the society through a number of enabling measures with an objective of “No voter to be left behind”.

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The press release listed the measures and efforts which includes the PwD Mobile App., marking of PwDs in the electoral roll, provision of ramp as a vital feature of Assured Minimum Facilities (AMF), provision of wheelchairs, pick and drop facilities, volunteers to assist them on the day of poll, among others. PwD electors can also avail the Postal Ballot facility through the concern officials of the District Election Officers.

These measures and facilities have particularly been strictly improvised by the CEO, Manipur with an aim to empower the differently abled individuals to enable them free and active participation in the electoral process.

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The press release further appealed the concerned stakeholders to furnish Assembly Constituency wise list of PwD electors, if available, not only for better marking of the PwD electors but also for linking them to the facilities specially designed for them. All such suggestions and feedback may be mailed to the mail id ceo_manipur@eci.gov.in and jtceo_manipur@eci.gov.in by 20th November, 2021.

All valuable suggestions and feedback from all NGOs, CSOs and other concerned stakeholders will highly be appreciated as it will go a long way in strengthening our democracy. (PMC)

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