Saturday, March 15, 2014

CEO Delhi fails to implement Supreme Court order for electors with disability

SC order on disabled voters not implemented
Times of India, Manash Pratim Gohain, 12 March 2014

"Since the same polling booths will be used in next month's election, it is of paramount importance to highlight the violations of the Supreme Court's 2007 judgement and failure of the chief electoral officer, Delhi, to protect the rights of those with disabilities," RTI activist Dr Satendra Singh, from University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi University, said.

A day after the Delhi assembly election, Singh wrote to the chief electoral officer of Delhi, marking copies to chief commissioner of disability and Delhi commissioner of disability, stating that many physically disabled voters were unable to exercise their franchise on December 4 because polling booths were inaccessible. Asked in an RTI query about details of complaints received pertaining to difficulties faced by electors with disabilities and action taken, the replies said no complaint or information was available. "What is the point of having email for grievance on website?" Singh said.

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