New Delhi: Casting a vote would be much
easier for the visually-challenged as the Election Commission
has decided to also use the Braille script on all electronic
"There will be Braille system on every electronic voting
machine," Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi told
He said instructions have been issued to the authorities
to ensure that polling stations are located on the ground
floor and ramps are provided to facilitate smooth access to
the physically challenged.
Arrangements have also been made for locating electors`
names in a polling station through helplines and facilitation
centres, Quraishi said.
In addition, the Commission will also issue voters` slip
with a photograph of the voter to enable him to know where his
name is enrolled and the serial number on the electoral roll.
The Election Commission announced a seven-phased poll in
Uttar Pradesh between February 4 and 28, while assembly
elections in Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa will be held
in a single-phase.
Punjab and Uttarakhand will go to polls on January 30,
while it will be held on January 28 in Manipur and on March 3