Colleges to have disabled-friendly DUSU poll booths

Last Updated: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 16:20

New Delhi: With the Delhi University Students` Union (DUSU) elections scheduled next month, authorities have directed colleges to ensure that polling booths are disabled-friendly, so that students with disability can vote.

"We have issued notices to the principals of the colleges to provide adequate facilities for students with disabilities so that they can participate freely in the democratic process of the varsity," said Bipin Tiwari, duty officer, DU Equal Opportunity Cell.

"The provisions that the colleges are asked to comply with are mandatory under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability, the 2007 order of the Supreme Court and the letter (in this regard) of the Election Commission of India," Tiwari said.

Among the facilities the colleges are expected to provide are: Free access to polling booth, location of booths on the ground floor, wheelchair facility, sign language interpreter for students with hearing impairment and adequate volunteers to assist disabled students.

The Delhi University Students` Union (DUSU) polls this year will be held Sep 13.


First Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 16:20
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