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Resource id #4 DRG puts demands to Krishnamurthy - Volume 2 Issue 8: Disability News and Information Service for India

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Volume 2 Issue 8 - April 15, 2004

DRG puts demands to Krishnamurthy

DNIS News Network -- Representatives of DRG present to the Chief Election Commissioner five simple measures that would make polling booths across the country accessible to disabled voters.

On April 5, representatives of advocacy organisation, the Disabled Rights Group, took the opportunity, after winning a lengthy battle for a meeting, to present the Chief Election Commissioner with five simple measures that would make polling booths across the country accessible to disabled voters. (See feature 'Five easy steps to make general elections 2004 disabled-friendly', DNIS, April 01, 2004.)

None of the five steps are costly and all should be able to be put in place by local polling station officers in time for the remaining election rounds. They include the construction of temporary wooden ramps, at a cost of Rs 500-2000 each depending on the size needed, and the placing of Braille symbols on EVMs, at a cost of about R5. The measures asked for are not even costly in terms of time as the ramps can be constructed in less than an hour.

After hearing the DRG's demands, C

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