Voting Rights, Even For Visually Impaired

For the first time in Nepal’s election history, visually impaired people will now also be able to vote in the next CA elections. After long discussions, the Election Commission (EC) came to the conclusion to prepare ballot papers in Braille for the visually impaired.

According to The Himalayan Times, EC Commissioner Dolakh Bahadur Gurung said preparations to make the polling booths disabled -friendly have started at places where there is road transport in the district headquarters. A disabled friendly ramp will be made for wheel chair users, said Gurung.


The Commission is to adopt process for voting through voters list with photo all over the country. This will enable minimization of voting on another’s name and ensure impartial election. The commission has so far collected name list of 11.l3 million voters with photos. Voting through electronic voting machine used in Kathmandu Constituency-1 in the first CA election will be extended this time. But it is not yet decided in which districts it will be used.

Voters are eager to vote as election environment is created as it was found in interactions in 15 places in 44 districts, the EC said. On this, Commissioner Gurung also said voters are excited and they want election.

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