Good turnout of PwD, oldest, first time voters in South

Good turnout of PwD, oldest, first time voters in South
Sat, Apr 13, 2019

NAMCHI,(IPR): To focus on inclusivity as enshrined by the Election Commission of India, the polling stations in south district were equipped with basic minimum facilities like wheel chairs, ramps, drinking water and other equipments for PwD voters and senior citizens. Additionally, Braille signage for the differently-abled voters to exercise their franchise is provided in order to provide them a platform to cast their vote without any assistant.
It may be mentioned here that there are a total of 395 identified PwD voters in the district and that 160 polling stations under South district had been equipped with 75 numbers of wheel chairs.
On the poll day, the administration had made vehicular arrangements to pick and drop PwD voters across the district to ensure that no voters irrespective of their age and physical infirmities are left behind. Volunteers had been assigned in each polling station to assist the differently-abled as well as senior citizens.
Sharing his experience, 36-year-old infirm voter Bishnu Kumar Manger voted at Assangthang senior secondary school under Poklok-Kamrang constituency said it is very liberating to cast his vote and urged one and all to exercise their franchise to uphold the spirit of democracy.
Similarly, the oldest voter of Sikkim cast her franchise on Thursday. Aged 107 years, Sumitra Rai, from Lower Kamrang, exercised her franchise at Kamrang secondary school polling station under Poklok-Kamrang Assembly constituency.
As a mark of respect and to celebrate the spirit of democracy, the oldest voter of Sikkim was also felicitated by the polling officers.
Young and first time voters also turned out in record numbers to vote for Assembly constituencies and Parliamentary constituency at various polling stations spread across South district.
Many college students who attained 18 years and had enrolled their names in the voters’ list seemed eager to participate in the electoral process in the district, terming their roles extremely important in the democracy.
Dawa Tshering Tamang, a student and a first time voter aged 18, expressed her joy at being able to exercise her franchise to participate in the democratic festival. Similarly, 22-year-old Rabin Chettri, a voter under Namchi-Singhithang constituency expressed that he feels empowered to cast his vote and appealed the youth of the State to turn out in big numbers to use the voting right conferred upon them.

 


Area: 7096 Sq Km
Capital:Gangtok
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Climate:
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
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