The Karnataka Elections will be held on May 12, 2018, and approximately 4.96 crore registered electors will be voting this time. Out of this number, 2.52 crore from the total registered voters are men, and 2.44 are women. 4500 voters who identified themselves as transgenders will also cast their vote in this election.
The authorities have made special provisions for differently-abled people to ensure that they face no problem in casting their votes.
Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer of Mysuru, KB Shivakumar told The Hindu, “Wheelchairs, scribes for persons with visual disability help them cast their votes, ramps and other facilities have been planned. A committee headed by the Zilla Panchayat CEO has been constituted to look into the needs of the disabled at the booths and provide them accordingly.”
Along with these provisions, a voter assistance cell will also be set up in each booth to help voters in locating their booths, numbers in rolls and in casting votes without any issues.
The elections will also have a total of 450 booths managed solely by women. Sanjiv Kumar, the Chief Electoral Officer, said, “A total of 450 all-women polling stations will be set up in the state for the election, where not just the police staff, but also the policing officers will be women.”
Emphasising on the inclusive nature of these state elections, he added, “Some of the officials with disabilities will be employed as the polling staff for the first time.”
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The 225-member state assembly will also have provisions in place for marginalised communities like primitive tribes, nomadic tribes etc. Voting booths will have ethnic looks to facilitate the casting of votes by these communities.
Special drives will be held to encourage voters to step out on election day and cast their votes. Rahul Dravid, the former Indian cricketer, is said to be the “state election icon” and will encourage people to vote in the Karnataka elections. Kannada film director and lyricist Yograj Bhatt will script an “election anthem” to spread awareness and urge people to vote.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra.)