Work as ambassadors of EC, Yadav asks visually impaired citizens

 Kathmandu, Nov 15: Chief Election Commissioner Dr. Ayodhee Prasad Yadav on Tuesday urged the visually impaired citizens to work as ambassadors of the Election Commission (EC) to hold the upcoming elections in a free, fair and fear-free atmosphere.

Inaugurating an interaction programme on voter education, organised for the visually impaired, in Kavre, Chief Commissioner Yadav also urged them to launch a campaign in their own districts for the full implementation of the election code of conduct during the election period.

He also asked those participants who were teachers by profession not to tilt towards any political party or candidate while imparting voter education to other visually impaired citizens.

“The Commission expects a larger role from you for the success of the federal and provincial elections. Please spread the message of casting votes in a proper way to your community and society. And take help from a trusted relative or friend while casting your vote on Election Day,” Yadav added.

“We have progressed little in science and technology. That is why we could not fulfill your demand for electronic voting machines (EVMs) to make your vote casting easy. However, we are in favour of your demand, and we hope, it will be fulfilled in the near future,” he added.

On the occasion, EC secretary Deepak Subedi advised the participants to motivate large numbers of voters to reach the polling centres to cast their votes.

Deputy director at the Election Support Project under the UNDP Kundan Das Shrestha said that his organisation was supporting the election body in conducting inclusive and all-acceptable elections. 

President of the Nepal Association of the Blind, Ramesh Pokhrel, demanded the right to secrecy of the visually impaired people during the elections. Pokhrel informed that most of the participants in the programme were teachers.

As many as 80 visually impaired participants from 69 districts were taking part in the programme. According to statistics, although there are around 61,000 visually impaired citizens in the country, only 16,478 are registered in the voters’ list and eligible to cast their votes in the two phases of the federal and provincial elections slated for November 26 and December 7.



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