Imphal, April 18,
Despite promises for special facilities for People with Disabilities (PWDs) at all polling stations, here in the Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency, no such facilities were made available at Polling station No. 20/6 – Young Men’s Development Association at Heirangoithong Maibam Leikai of Langthabal Assembly constituency. An aged disabled lady who had come to cast her vote have to struggle hard all alone in walking to the Polling booth. She came alone on her own expenses from her home which is about 3, 4 Km from the polling station.
During a press conference, CEO Manipur had stated that as per directives of the ECI, Election Machineries in the state has to provide special facilitation of all PWDs who come to cast his or her vote. They have to be assisted by volunteers who are below voting age. Besides transportation, the PwDs are to be awarded some gift and for the state of Manipur the CEO gifted wrist watch and key chain.
At some of the polling stations there are reports of PwDs receiving such facilities. However, Polling station No. 20/6 – Young Men’s Development Association at Heirangoithong Maibam Leikai of Langthabal Assembly constituency no such facilities were made available.
Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents.