Ankit Kesar, Rajouri, March,12: A daylong workshop under Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) for PwD voters was held today here at PWD Conference Hall.
District Election Officer, Rajouri, Mohammad Aijaz Asad presided over the function. The programme was organized by Nodal officer, SVEEP, Abdul Khabir under SVEEP comprehensive programme.
Speaking on the occasion, the DEO deliberated on the importance of the awareness generation about the electoral process and voting rights of every person with the disability.The DEO also instructed concerned officers to effectively coordinate in the registration of unregistered eligible PwD voters through the National Voters Service Portal and through BLOs. On the occasion, he stressed on generating mass awareness about the participation of people with disability in the electoral process and emphasized on the officers to take concrete efforts on this regard.
They were also made aware of the facilities being provided to the person with a disability on the day of elections like the provision of ramps, wheelchair and also the provision of transportation.They were informed that a special android based app was developed by ECI to facilitate the persons with disability.
It is pertinent to mention here that Braille script will be used on ballot papers for the first time in general elections 2019.
Master trainers for the operation of the EVMs and VVPAT machines informed the PaD voters about its functioning in detail. It was informed that the VVPAT will be used for the first time in the upcoming elections to the Lok Sabha.
Pertinently, VVPAT is an independent system attached to the EVM which allows the voters to see on the screen of the machine a printed copy containing the serial number, name, and symbol of the candidate.
The voters were made familiarise about the functioning of Ballot Unit, Control Unit and other allied functions and operations of the electronic voting machines.
Moreover, in order to educate the common people about the voting rights and about ethical voting and under comprehensive SVEEP plan, several Nukad Nataks were organized by district administration Rajouri in collaboration with NGOs and JK academy of art culture and languages.