Voting from Home: AVSC & AVPD gets Voting Facility

Pakyong, 5 April (IPR): 340 home voters, comprising 194 absentee voters in the senior citizen category (AVSC), who are 85 years of age or above, and 146 absentee voters belonging to PWD category (AVPD), are taking part in the “Vote from Home” procedure from five constituencies in Pakyong District.
The home voting procedure began on April 4th, 2024, and will continue until April 16th, 2024.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has made available the Vote-from-Home (VfH) facility through postal ballots for two specific categories of voters. These categories include individuals aged 85 years and above, as well as persons with disabilities (PwD) with a minimum disability of 40 percent. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has implemented this initiative to ensure that every eligible citizen can exercise their right to vote, regardless of physical limitations or age. The approach empowers these individuals to participate in the elections and also guarantees that their votes are duly counted and their voices are heard.
During this process, the individuals will cast their votes from the comfort of their homes in the presence of Sector Officer, Micro-Observers, Polling Officers, Polling Agents, and Police personnel. The entire procedure will be recorded through videography, ensuring transparency.
A notable aspect of the vote from home is the provision for voters who are physically or visually impaired. If an elector has physical limitations that prevent them from seeing the symbol on the ballot or from independently recording their vote, the presiding officer will let the elector bring a partner who is at least eighteen years old into the voting chamber.
Prior to the voting process, a declaration form, specifically Annexure 11, has to be duly completed, and subsequently, the appointed companion will facilitate the elector in casting their ballot according to their identification. By ensuring that each eligible voter is afforded the opportunity to partake, this methodology exemplifies the Election Commission of India’s unwavering commitment to a transparent and just electoral procedure.

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