Said Wheelchairs and volunteers have been arranged at polling stations to facilitate the voting of disabled voters, elders and pregnant women
Vadodara city Election Officer and Collector Shalini Agarwal had a interaction with a blind voter Chandan Gohil while during her visit to Rosary School polling station for inspection. A volunteer appointed there took her on a wheelchair to cast her vote.
Agarwal stopped her and interact with her affectionately and applauded the zeal. The volunteer said that so far 5 voters have cast their votes with the help of this facility.
She said that 155 wheelchairs and 155 volunteers have been deployed at the urban polling stations who have been instructed to help the elderly and pregnant women and divyang voters. Such voters are given priority in voting and are also instructed to provide seating facility if they have to wait in line. She thanked the volunteers for their services.
She said peaceful polling has been going on since morning at 1295 polling stations for 76 seats in 19 wards of the city. No untoward incident occurred has occured anywhere. Arrangements have been made at the polling booths including thermal gun checking, sanitizer, gloves for voters as per the Covid guidelines. Polling staff have been provided with Covid security equipment, including face shield.
Voting is taking place amid tight security. Problems arose in three places but it was resolved quickly and start the polling. She urged people to exercise their voting right without fail.