Vasco: In order to facilitate the Persons with Disabilities cast their votes at the Lok Sabha elections to be held on April 23 in six talukas of South Goa, the district administration has decided to distribute 110 wheelchairs in Mormugao taluka, 83 wheelchairs in Quepem taluka, 38 wheelchairs in Sanguem taluka, 41 wheelchairs in Dharbandora taluka, 53 wheelchairs in Canacona taluka, 123 wheelchairs in Ponda taluka, while the highest number of 218 wheelchairs will be provided to Salcete taluka.
Nodal officer for the Persons with Disabilities for South Goa Agnelo Fernandes, who is also the chief officer of Mormugao Municipal Council, said, “Apart from wheelchairs, one each magnifying glasses will be made available at each booth for the voters
with low vision while 2 Braille ballot papers will be provided at all the polling stations.”
He further maintained that there will be one poll volunteer and 2 volunteers at each part while 2 volunteers of NSS will be deployed on each polling stations (government primary schools).
Fernandes said, “There are 2681 voters identified with different types of disabilities in South Goa Lok Sabha constituency. Among them 164 are blind, 200 are deaf and the remaining 2,317 fall in other different types of disabilities.”
“The district administration South has set up 810 polling stations in South Goa which are housed in 553 buildings. Among these, 169 polling stations come under urban areas while 384 come under rural areas,” disclosed Fernandes.