Visually imparted caste vote in Delhi for the fourth phase

May 7th, 2009 - 9:48 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi / Jaisalmer (Rajasthan), May 7 (ANI): As hundreds of thousands of people voted in the national capital on Thursday despite scorching heat, several visually impaired voters also exercised their franchise and voted joyfully.

Polling booths with electronic voting machines (EVMs) in Braille werespecially set up for the visually handicapped voters, the fact which fascinated these special voters turning out to vote in big number.

Every one of the visually challenged was full of appreciation for the Election Commission for facilitating voting exercise through EVMs having Braille version.

Some of them had a suggestion or two for the Election Commission for the next time.

“There should be improvement in the voting machine for the visuallyimpaired people. Now we have to ask from others which candidate is on number 1, 2 or 3, the candidates name should also be written next to the numbers in Braille script (method used by blind people to read and write),” said Vashist Prasad, a visually impaired.

Meanwhile, in Rajasthan, authorities deployed a couple of vans as mobile booths to reach out to the isolated voters, particularly in villages with sparse population.

According a Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) in Jaisalmer district, suchmobile vans were deployed since the administration did not want the people to travel long distances in the desert state in sweltering temperature.

“The polling booth has been kept mobile because there is no densepopulation here and the Dhanis (the small villages) are located very far.Therefore we have used the mobile vans. We have kept these mobile vans as booths, as we do not want the people to travel long distances,” saidRamesh Chandra Agarwal, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Jaisalmer district,Rajasthan.

The country witnessed the fourth round of the five phased polling on Thursday (May 7) while polling for the fifth phase is scheduled to be held on May 13.

The first, second and third phases of polling were held on April 16, 23 and30 respectively.

Counting for the elections held will be held on May 16. (ANI)

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