Visually-impaired person, 100-yr-old cast first home-vote in Srinagar


Voters hail facility by ECI, say this marks a milestone in electoral process


SRINAGAR, May 07: The recent introduction of the home voting facility by the Election Commission of India (ECI)) for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections has marked a milestone in the electoral process, particularly for those facing physical challenges, even as a visually impaired voter from Dara, Hazratbal in Srinagar became the first home voter in the city to exercise his franchise.

In another historic moment, a 100-year-old man in the Meer Behreen area of Zadibal constituency in Srinagar also cast a home vote for the first time.

As per the details obtained the initiative was led under the guidance of the District Election Officer of 02-Srinagar. The inaugural home vote was cast and sealed in the ballot box at Dara and Zadibal Dal Lake.

The home voting facility provides a convenient option for voters who may face challenges in physically reaching the polling stations, thereby promoting greater voter turnout and engagement.

Ali Mohammad Rather, despite being visually impaired, has demonstrated the power of civic participation, inspiring citizens across the region.

In a video statement, Rather, as per the video received by Kashmir Despatch, expressed his gratitude, saying, “Hamare Liye Aasaani Huwi Vote Karne Me, Kyunki Bahar Nahi Nikalna Padaa (It was easy for us to vote because we didn’t have to go outside).”

Along with Rather, a 100-year-old man also cast a home vote for the first time in the Meer Behreen area of Zadibal constituency, Dal Lake, Srinagar.

The introduction of the Home Voting facility is a testament to the commitment of the ECI towards ensuring that every eligible voter, regardless of physical challenges, can exercise their constitutional right to vote, said Bilal Ahmad, a student of Kashmir University. “It underscores the ECI’s dedication to upholding the principles of democracy and promoting equal participation in elections,” he said.


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