Vote From Home: Election Commission announced Vote from Home, elderly-disabled will get benefit in Karnataka elections

Vote From Home: Election Commission announced Vote from Home, elderly-disabled will get benefit in Karnataka elections

Rajiv Kumar Press Conference: Country’s Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar has announced a big facility for elderly and disabled voters on Saturday (March 11). The Chief Election Commissioner announced that all senior citizens above 80 years of age and persons with disabilities will get the option to vote from home in the Karnataka Assembly elections. He told that such a facility would be given for the first time.

Regarding the upcoming Karnataka assembly elections, the Chief Election Commissioner said, "The tenure of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly is till 24 May 2023, so a new assembly has to be held and elections are to be held before that." Regarding the Vote from Home facility, he said, "For the first time we are going to provide facility to all voters above 80 years of age and disabled voters in Karnataka. If they want, they can also vote from their homes."

How to get benefit of vote from home?

Rajeev Kumar said, "To collect the votes of the elderly and differently-abled voters, the Election Commission team will reach their homes with Form-12D. Complete confidentiality will be maintained in this process as well. Videography of the entire process will be done." He clearly said, "This facility is for those people who cannot go to the polling booth to cast their vote." Rajeev Kumar said, "Voters will be encouraged to come to the polling station."

New mobile app for candidates too

Rajeev Kumar said, "Another mobile application ‘Suvidha’ Has been developed, which is an online portal for candidates to file nominations and affidavits." Candidates can also use this facility portal to take permission for meetings and rallies. Apart from this, as before, political parties will have to tell voters on their portals and social media platforms why they chose candidates with criminal background and gave tickets to contest elections.

So many voters above 100 years of age

The Chief Election Commissioner told that there are 5.21 crore voters in the state, out of which 2.59 are women. There are 16,976 such voters whose age is more than 100 years. 4,699 voters are third gender and 9.17 lakh voters are going to vote for the first time. More than 12.15 lakh voters are above 80 years and 5.55 voters are physically challenged. 

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