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DEO Srinagar flags-off polling teams for ‘Vote from Home’ facilitation of senior citizens, PwDs

The DEO said that the facility has helped in promoting equal opportunities for all and ensuring that no one is left behind in the electoral process
05:46 AM May 08, 2024 IST | GK NEWS SERVICE
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Srinagar, May 7: Ahead of Polling for the Srinagar Lok Sabha Seat, the District Election Officer (DEO) Srinagar, Bilal Mohiuddin Bhat, who is also the Returning Officer (RO) for 02-Srinagar parliamentary constituency Tuesday flagged off Polling Teams for the ‘Vote from Home’ facilitation of senior citizens and PwDs of Srinagar District from the DC office complex here.

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Speaking on the occasion, the DEO Srinagar briefed that the Polling teams will facilitate Vote from Home (VfH) for the eligible Elderly Voters and Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in connection with the upcoming Lok Sabha Election-2024 in respect of all Eight (08) Assembly Segments in 02-Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency.

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He said that altogether about 292 eligible willing voters of the District including 202 Senior Citizens who are above 85 years and 90 Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) will exercise their franchise using postal ballots at their respective homes/places.

The DEO said that the Election Commission of India (ECI) has taken a historic initiative which is a major step towards promoting inclusive and accessible elections by extending the Vote from Home facility to senior citizens above 85 years and PwDs.

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He underlined that the Home Voting facility has provided an opportunity for several senior citizens and PwDs to exercise their right to vote through postal ballots in Lok Sabha Election-2024 minimizing their difficulties in travelling to the Polling Stations.

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The DEO said that the facility has helped in promoting equal opportunities for all and ensuring that no one is left behind in the electoral process.

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He said that 18 polling teams each consisting of one Polling Officer, one polling official, a Micro-observer, a videographer and a team of security personnel began visiting the houses of the willing Voters (who have given consent to the District Election Office) since today morning and has been scheduled for May 7, 8, and 9.

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