[AI] My voting experience

Prerna Sobti prerna.sobti at gmail.com
Tue May 14 01:10:28 EDT 2019


Hi! After losing my side this was the first experience of casting vote! The policeman were very inquisitive about my blindness that was the only one normal thing in my experience apart from that it was a very smooth experience but yes they actually allowed my mother to go with me rather than sending any of Fishel to do it

Prerna Sobti 

> On 13-May-2019, at 4:08 PM, Amit Bhatt <misterbhatt at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> What I strongly think VI voters should anyway exercise their votes even if transport facility is not provided to them.
> 
> Earlier when transport facility was not being provided, people with disabilities still used to cast their votes.
> 
> In my humble opinion, it is not correct to refrain from casting the vote just because we are unable to avail the transport or any other said facility.
> 
> yes, giving the voting rights to people residing in other states should be inntroduced by an online mechanism indeed.
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Amit Bhatt
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "avinash shahi" <shahi88avinash at gmail.com>
> To: "AccessIndia: a list for discussing accessibility and issues concerning the disabled." <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
> Sent: Monday, May 13, 2019 3:27 PM
> Subject: Re: [AI] My voting experience
> 
> 
>> I couldn't vote cause I'm in Bangalore and my vote was in Delhi. Poor
>> migrant worker,you know. In fact NRI can vote by registering online
>> with the Election Commission but crores of migrant workers working in
>> different parts of the country? no way. My friends however in Delhi
>> voted with ease they also availed of transportation facility provided
>> by the Delhi Election Commission. As per Delhi EC's own reported data
>> in the Hindustan Times today, around 1500 people with disabilities
>> were offered pick up and drop service by the Delhi EC.
>> Best
>> 
>> 
>>> On 5/13/19, Amit Bhatt <misterbhatt at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Dear Arif,
>>> 
>>> PWD app was recently introduced and like other applications, this app also
>>> may have some issues. If the concerned team does not react from that end, we
>>> 
>>> can always follow up with them. Anyways, I hope they will address the issues
>>> 
>>> in future if we apprise them about where they are lacking behind.
>>> 
>>> Thanks,
>>> 
>>> Amit Bhatt
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "Mohammed arif khan" <arriff.khan at gmail.com>
>>> To: "AccessIndia: a list for discussing accessibility and issues concerning
>>> 
>>> the disabled." <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
>>> Sent: Monday, May 13, 2019 1:58 PM
>>> Subject: Re: [AI] My voting experience
>>> 
>>> 
>>>> Hi all,
>>>> 
>>>> My dear friends With great regret yesterday I could not vote. The main
>>>> reason for this was that I got the information transport facility will be
>>>> provide for the PWD candidate on behalf of Election Commission of India.
>>>> Friends, I would like to tell you that 2 months ago I registered on PWD
>>>> App, because my current home location so far away from polling booth
>>>> station. Guys Its about 14 km, so I registered on PWD app. I regularly
>>>> checked status on PWD app, But I did not get any feedback on PWD app till
>>>> May 12.
>>>> Friends I realised that the PWD App by Election Commission of India is
>>>> useless for us.
>>>> Now you tell us what the advantage of the PWD App?
>>>> I feel very happy that Mr. Amit Bhatt or all vh friends has voted
>>>> successfully.
>>>> Regards
>>>> 
>>>> Arif
>>>> 
>>>> From Delhi India.
>>>> 
>>>> Musician / performer / singer
>>>> 
>>>>> On Mon, May 13, 2019, 11:53 AM Amit Bhatt <misterbhatt at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>> 
>>>>> Even I had a smooth experience in a whole process of casting my vote at
>>>>> booth number 76, School Block, Shakarpur east Delhi constituency.
>>>>> 
>>>>> I reached to the polling station around 10:00 AM yesterday. first of all
>>>>> 
>>>>> I
>>>>> was asked to submit my mobile phone with someone outside as they didn't
>>>>> have
>>>>> facility to secure the devices.
>>>>> I submited my mobile to one of my known shop keeper outside and then
>>>>> again
>>>>> entered to the booth. A volunteer lady asked my escort to straightaway
>>>>> move
>>>>> towards the booth without staying in any queue.
>>>>> 
>>>>> No offficial asked me whether I need a Braille list. Even I didn't ask
>>>>> for
>>>>> Braille list this time.
>>>>> 
>>>>> This entire process of exercising my vote took around 20-25 minutes as
>>>>> the
>>>>> polling station was just at the walking distance of 5 minutes from my
>>>>> residence.
>>>>> 
>>>>> After reading so many experiences of visually impaird voters, it seems
>>>>> most
>>>>> of the things are nicely setteld by the Election Commition or even the
>>>>> Government of India from accessibility point of view. As a result,
>>>>> people
>>>>> have also become more sensitised and  awaken towards voters with vision
>>>>> impairment.
>>>>> 
>>>>> Thanks,
>>>>> 
>>>>> Amit Bhatt
>>>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>>>> From: "Pranav Lal" <pranav.lal at gmail.com>
>>>>> To: "'AccessIndia: a list for discussing accessibility and issues
>>>>> concerning
>>>>> the disabled.'" <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
>>>>> Sent: Sunday, May 12, 2019 10:42 PM
>>>>> Subject: [AI] My voting experience
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> > Hi all,
>>>>> >
>>>>> > I had a smooth experience while voting.  The moment the  officials in
>>>>> > the
>>>>> > booth saw me, they asked me if I would use an escort or would I vote
>>>>> > independently? I got the Braille list without asking for it. It is
>>>>> another
>>>>> > matter that I was not able to really read it but that is  my failure
>>>>> > in
>>>>> > terms of lack of Braille practice. The Braille list was clear. They
>>>>> > had
>>>>> me
>>>>> > sign in a register and they put the ink stamp without a fuss on my
>>>>> > right
>>>>> > hand given that my left palm is partly formed.
>>>>> >
>>>>> > Booth number = 133
>>>>> > Voting party number: 144
>>>>> > Center: DON Bosco school
>>>>> > Pranav
>>>>> >
>>>>> >
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>> Avinash Shahi
>> Research Associate at Centre for Law and Policy Research Bangalore and
>> Doctoral student at Centre for Law and Governance JNU
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