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Old, especially capable, Covid voters cast ballots for GHMC polls

Hyderabad, 21 November: Telangana Electoral Commission offers ballot option for people with disabilities, people over 80 and Covid positive patients to exercise their franchise during the upcoming election of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) on Saturday.

“Voters with disabilities, age 80 and older and Covid positive (patients) are eligible to use any of the facilities. They can either physically vote at the ballot box or they can cast their vote by postal ballot, ‘said an official order in the name of State Commissioner C. Parthasarathi.

In case one of the above prefers to vote in person at the polling station, SEC officials have ordered that riots and wheelchairs be provided at each polling station.

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Volunteers will be arranged to push the wheelchairs.

“Voters with disabilities, older than 80 years and mothers with a child in their arms, are admitted directly to the polling station, regardless of the usual guidelines,” reads the order.

Similarly, in the case of coronavirus patients who are not used to the ballot papers will still be allowed to vote in the last hour at the respective polling stations, from 17:00 to 18:00 on election day.

‘However, all necessary precautions must be taken, including wearing a mask, face shield and gloves by the Covid positive voter, ‚ÄĚreads the note.

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Elections for the 150 wards of the civic body of Hyderabad are being held on 1 December and the count is scheduled for 4 December.

Disclaimer: This story is automatically generated by the IANS service.

Source: The Siasat Daily

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