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J&K to use Braille-enabled EVMs for first time in LS polls

During the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Braille-enabled electronic voting machines (EVMs) would enable visually impaired voters to vote without assistance for the first time in Jammu and Kashmir.

india Updated: Mar 18, 2009 14:21 IST

During the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Braille-enabled electronic voting machines (EVMs) would enable visually impaired voters to vote without assistance for the first time in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Braille-enabled EVMs would be used in the forthcoming LS polls to enable visually impaired voters to exercise their right of franchise for the first time in Jammu and Kashmir," state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), BR Sharma told PTI.

"With this system visually impaired people would be able to vote without any assistance," he said.

Giving further details, he said the Devnar School of Blind, Mumbai has been approached for preparing Braille-enabled list of contesting candidates which will be loaded on the EVMs to enable visually impaired persons to cast their votes without seeking any assistance.

Following the announcement of poll schedule by the Election Commission, parliamentary elections in the state will be held in five phases beginning April 16 when Jammu constituency will go to the polls.