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

fayaz pasha fayazpasha at gawab.com
Sun May 11 08:28:35 EDT 2008


Hi Geetha,
you are correct A mail concerning the matter should be sent to the election
commition. As suggested by you a mail from this list should be sent. some of
us also individually writing also is not a bad idea.
May be Harish can do this on our behalf.
Regards,
Fayaz

-----Original Message-----
From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
[mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in]On Behalf Of Geetha
Shamanna
Sent: Sunday, May 11, 2008 5:23 PM
To: Access india
Subject: [AI] Fw: Assembly polls: EVMs to have Braille option


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:
http://www.eci.gov.in/Directories&photogallery/e-mailaddress.asp

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

Geetha
----- Original Message -----
From: "pamnani" <
kanchanpamnani at hotmail.com>
To: "Geetha Shamanna" <
geetha at millernorbert.de>
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" <
shadabhsn at gmail.com>
> To: <
accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
> 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.
>
>
http://www.hindu.com/2008/04/10/stories/2008041055930100.htm
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