Karimnagar: With an aim to increase voting percentage in the district, authorities made special arrangements for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) and elderly people in all polling stations.
While polling agents were engaged to take people on wheelchairs who couldn’t walk, separate queues were in place for Persons with Disabilities.
Election authorities made these arrangements as there were around 27,143 disabled voters in Karimnagar Parliament segment while there were 9,190 such voters in Peddapalli constituency. The Election Commission also arranged vehicles to pick up disabled, bedridden and other sick voters and drop them back at their respective homes after exercising their franchise.
As soon as the disabled persons were brought to polling stations, volunteers took them inside polling booths and helped them cast their vote. A 90-year-old woman, Lasumavva, was brought to the junior college polling station in Huzurabad. The aged lady, who lost her sight completely, exercised her franchise with the help of the polling staff.
Speaking to Telangana Today, she praised election authorities for making adequate arrangements for the people who were unable to walk on their own. Lasumavva, who stays with her daughter after the death of her two sons, sought help from the State government for herself.