Orientation programme on voter enrolment for LGBT, PwDs held

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Imphal: A One-Day Orientation Programme on Voter Enrolment for Eligible Youths cum linking of Aadhaar number for already enrolled LGBT and PwDs in Electoral Roll was convened on Monday at Panchayat Bhavan Hall, DC Office Complex, Porompat.

The Programme was convened as a part of Activities under Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) Programme in Imphal East District following the latest instructions issued by the Election Commission of India (ECI) regarding linking of Aadhaar with Elector Photo Identity Card (EPIC).

Addl. District Election Officer, Imphal East District emphasized the importance of LGBT Community in the society. He added that the Programme was conducted to give fair and equal chance to all sections of society especially PwDs and Transgenders (TGs). The electoral population of TGs and PwDs are surely but steadily increasing in the Electoral Rolls. They are also provided with separate facilities during Elections viz. separate queues, pick & drop vehicles.

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Further, he described ECI’s SVEEP Programme and highlighted that 17-18 age group is most crucial for enrolment in the Electoral Rolls. He encouraged PwDs to come out and enrol as well as participate in the Electoral process. He highlighed that the LGBTs being given “Others” category by ECI in recognition of their status. In addition, he requested all to update their photographs in Electoral Rolls.

He concluded by stating that ECI has launched the Aadhaar linking with EPIC Programme and that all eligible 18+ citizens/ already enrolled Electors, inclusive of LGBTs and PwDs, are encouraged to carry out the enrolment/ Aadhaar linking activity via IT platforms, namely Voter Helpline App and National Voters’ Services Portal (NVSP), and further that they may also approach their concerned Booth Level Officers (BLOB) for enrolment/ linking of their Aadhaar with their EPIC card.

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Dignitaries from Ya-all, Welfare Assn. for the Blind, Manipur, Typewriting Institute and Rural Development Society and other important stakeholders were present and gave inspiring speeches in the said Programme. They encouraged all LGBTs and PwDs to come out and actively participate in the Electoral Process.

All electoral registration officers, Addl. electoral registration officers and electoral officials of Imphal East district were present in the programme (DIPR).

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