[AI] Fw: Assembly polls: EVMs to have Braille option

Geetha Shamanna geetha at millernorbert.de
Sun May 11 07:53:15 EDT 2008

Hi Kanchan and list,

Writing to the newspaper may not help. However, writing to the chief
election commissioneror his deputy might.

The following site has the e-mail addresses of nearly all the election
commission officials:

Our petition may have a greater impact if we send a common mail on behalf of
all the list members. What do you think?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "pamnani" <
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To: "Geetha Shamanna" <
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Sent: Sunday, May 11, 2008 2:36 PM
Subject: Fw: [AI] Assembly polls: EVMs to have Braille option

> Hi geeta,
> Do you want to write to this newspaper and inform them that what was 
> promised was not delivered. Kanchan
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Shadab Husain" <
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> To: <
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> Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2008 08:35
> Subject: [AI] Assembly polls: EVMs to have Braille option
> Assembly polls: EVMs to have Braille option
> Karnataka Bureau
> — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
> plea: Disabled people meeeting State Chief Electoral Officer M.N.
> Vidyashankar in Bangalore on Wednesday.
> BANGALORE: The Election Commission will issue directions to State
> Chief Electoral Officer M.N. Vidyashankar to ensure that all
> electronic voting machines
> (EVMs) to be used in the Assembly elections in the State have a
> Braille option. Over 50,000 EVMs will be used for polling in the
> State.
> Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami told The Hindu that EVMs
> with Braille option had been used in a few States.
> "It should not be a problem to ensure that Braille number strips are
> pasted on the EVMs to be used in the polling stations in Karnataka as
> well," he said.
> His reaction came following a petition by a delegation of Karnataka
> Angavikalara Rajya Okkoota on Wednesday to Mr. Vidyashankar seeking a
> Braille option
> in the EVMs, and ramps for the disabled at polling booths.
> "Now that this matter has been brought to our notice, suitable
> directions will be issued. Visually impaired people need not be
> dependant on any assistance
> while voting," Mr. Gopalaswami said.
> On the demand for ramps to enable disabled persons to get into polling
> stations on their own, he said, "Polling stations will have ramps.
> This is mandatory."
> N.P. Ramachandra, Ramanagara district unit secretary of the okkoota
> who met Mr. Vidyashankar, said that disabled persons were usually
> manhandled by agents
> of political parties.
> "It hardly costs Rs. 5 to insert Braille features on the EVMs. But it
> helps a visually challenged person to be independent of others while
> making a choice,"
> he said.
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