Over 1,800 visually challenged persons to cast votes in Himachal Pradesh

Mandi has the highest number of 671 visually challenged registered voters, and Lahaul and Spiti district the minimum 21 electors.

Published: 07th November 2017 08:07 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th November 2017 08:07 PM   |  A+A-

Voters show their identity card as they wait in a queue to cast their votes at Muradnagar, in Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. Uttar Pradesh and four other Indian states are having state legislature elections in February-March, a key mid-term test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government which has been ruling India since 2014.(Photo | AP)

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SHIMLA: A total of 1,844 visually challenged persons will exercise their franchise in the November 9 assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh, Chief Electoral Officer Pushpendra Rajput said here on Tuesday.

There are 50,25,941 voters in the state.

Mandi has the highest number of 671 visually challenged registered voters, and Lahaul and Spiti district the minimum 21 electors.

Kangra district has 82 visually challenged registered voters, Hamirpur 85, Shimla 60, Kullu 319, Una 51, Bilaspur 187, Chamba 62, Solan 183, Sirmour 37 and Kinnaur district 86 electors.

He said the Election Commission had introduced Braille signage features on electronic voting machines to facilitate these persons to cast votes. All Presiding Officers have been provided with Braille ballot paper sheets to assist Braille-literate voters.

Elections to the 68-member Himachal assembly will be held on November 9, while counting of ballots will take place on December 18 along with those cast in the Gujarat elections.

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