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CEI O.P.Rawat seeks Increased Sensitivity towards persons With Disabilities

NEW DELHI. The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Om Prakash Rawat inaugurated a two-day National Consultation on Accessible Elections in New Delhi today, in the presence of the Election Commissioners Shri Sunil Arora and Shri Ashok Lavasa, among others. The CEC said in his address that there should be more sensitivity in the society towards the needs of Persons with Disabilities (PwD), adding that it would contribute to their full participation in electoral processes. He noted that India has a strong legal framework to ensure necessary facilities for them to vote. He also referred to the international treaties like the UN Convention on the Rights of PwDs to which India is a signatory. He said that lack of insensitivity towards their needs often lead to gaps in ensuring their maximum participation in elections. Shri O.P.Rawatasked the participants in the National Convention to devise an effective strategy to ensure full participation of the PwD’s in elections, that can be emulated globally.

The Election Commissioner Shri Sunil Arora in his address said that the Election Commission of India (ECI) is always empathetic tothe needs of the PwDs. He expressed hope that the fast paced advancements in technology would help in ensuring their full scale participation in elections, by way of removing the barriers and hassles they come across.
(Updated on July 3rd, 2018)