Elderly, PwD in Kupwara to cast vote from home from May 14

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KUPWARA, MAY 13:  Frontier Kupwara district, which is part of 1- Baramulla Parliamentary constituency,  is set to extend ‘home-voting’ facility for voters aged 85-years plus and PwD (specially abled/Divyanjans) on Tuesday, 14 May, 2024.

A total of 402 registered elderly and PwD electors of the district with over 40% locomotive disabilities from across all the six assembly segments  of the district are exercising their right to vote from their homes through first of its kind ‘home-voting’ facility.

It is important to mention here that District Kupwara is going for polls on May 20 during the 5th phase of Lok Sabha Elections-2024.

Under ‘home voting’ facility, which is a pathbreaking initiative of ECI, poll parties along with necessary materials shall be dispatched to the houses of eligible voters where they shall collect the votes of eligible persons at their doorsteps.

District Election Officer (DEO) Kupwara, Ayushi Sudan said that the facility of home voting has been availed by elderly citizens above 85 years of age and specially-abled persons (PwDs), with 40 percent disability criteria.

Home Voting process is commencing in Kupwara district tomorrow on May 14th from 8:00 AM and will continue upto May  16, 2024  covering all the six assembly segments of the district, these assembly segments include 1-Karnah, 2-Trehgam, 3-Kupwara, 4-Lolab, 5-Handwara and 6-Langate.

In 1-Karnah assembly segment there are a total of (44) elderly and PwD registered voters, in 2-Trehgam (40), in 3-Kupwara (166), in 4-Lolab (40), in Handwara assembly segment there are 99 elderly and PwD voters and in Langate assembly segment there are (13) such voters.

A total of 40 dedicated teams have been constituted in the district, each team comprises of polling officials, Micro Observer, Videographer and  Security personnel  who will collect votes of eligible voters under the prescribed guidelines of the Election Commission of India.

The home voters have hailed the Election Commission for reaching  their doorsteps and providing them with such facilities at their homes.

Senior citizens and specially-abled voters who have registered for the home voting facility are eager and enthusiastic to cast their votes at their homes.

While expressing their joy, they said that they are going to cast their votes from their homes, which otherwise would have been difficult for them to reach the polling station due to their health conditions.