Braille-enabled signboards to be used during Maheshtala bypoll

• Election Commission of India for the first time will start the use of Braille-enabled signboards carrying instructions for visually challenged voters in the upcoming Maheshtala Assembly by-election in West Bengal.

• The initiative of Braille-enabled signboards was part of the drive to make elections more accessible to persons with disabilities (PWD) The decision to use Braille-enabled signboards is a State-specific measure to ensure hassle-free polling experience for visually impaired voters.

• It will be introduced at the entrance of all the 283 polling stations in the Maheshtala Assembly in South 24 paraganas district. Apart from the conventionally displayed instructions for voters on how to use the electronic voting machine and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail, the signboards will also display such instructions in Braille.


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