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Karnataka Elections: Vote-from-home facility for Assembly elections to begin on April 29

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Vote-from-home facility for the Karnataka Assembly elections will begin on the 29th of April.

In an exclusive interview with the Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka, Mr. Manoj Kumar Meena informed that a large number of eligible voters have opted to exercise the vote from home facility.

In the coming Assembly elections in Karnataka, for the first time, people aged above 80 and persons with disabilities (PwDs) can vote from the comfort of their homes if they are unable to go out to exercise their franchise.

The Election Commission (EC) on Saturday announced that it has introduced a vote-from-home (VFH) facility for the 12.15 lakh people aged above 80 (including 16,976 centenarians) and 5.55 lakh benchmarked PwDs in the Assembly elections in Karnataka. The State has a total of 5.21 crore voters, including 2.59 women voters.

Addressing media persons after a three-day review of poll-preparedness in Karnataka, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar said, “For the first time, the EC will provide this facility. Our teams will go to the homes of those who desire to vote from their home with a form 12D (which will be available within five days of the election notification) and facilitate the exercise of their franchise.”

“Although we encourage those above 80 years to come to the polling station and vote in the festival of democracy, those who cannot, can avail of this facility. All precautions will be taken to ensure the secrecy of their votes and the entire process will be video graphed. All political parties and candidates  will be informed whenever there is a movement for VFH,” the CEC said.

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