Elections Commissioner says attention will be focussed on voters with special needs at forthcoming elections

Elections Commissioner says attention will be focussed on voters with special needs at forthcoming elections

Elections Commissioner says attention will be focussed on voters with special needs at forthcoming elections

Written by Tharushan Fernando

29 May, 2015 | 8:15 pm

Elections Commissioner, Mahinda Deshapriya stated, on Friday, that a Braille voting system will be created to facilitate  voting for the visually-impaired voters and that attention will also be focused on persons with special needs during the next elections.

The Commissioner added that a room close to the gate of the polling station or a make-shift room will be crafted to facilitate easy access for voters who arrive in wheel chairs or crutches and that until the proper legal frame work is formulated, if such a person arrives, the additional senior officer at the polling station will bring a secure ballot paper to that individual. He pointed out that after the ballot is cast, he will take it in a secure folder and place it in the ballot box. He further noted that a request was made by the physically-challenged over this matter and that there is electronic voting as well as the Braille voting system but there are some who do not know the Braille system. He said that in such an instance the assistance of another person or an officer will be used. He further stated that it has been proposed that this system be tested at the next election.

The Elections Commissioner also commented on the future elections, stating that it was known that the term of the parliament was only until the month of April and therefore by May next year there will be an election but that  it is “not certain”

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