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Digital Voting System for visually challenged in JNUSU poll


September 12, 2014


In a first, the election committee of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) introduced a 'Digital Voting System' for visually-challenged students in the students' union elections that is going on today.

"We have introduced Digital Voting System for visually-challenged students for the first time," according to a statement by Dileep Maurya, chairperson of the JNU Election Committee.

 This is for the first time that an alternative voting system is being introduced in the JNUSU elections. Around 80 students enrolled in several courses will benefit through digital voting.

 "This is a very effective step. We appreciate this move by The Election Commission," said Mohib Anwar, a PhD student and representative of the Visually Challenged Students' Forum in JNU.

 Days after the Election Committee was constituted, representatives of the forum and visually-challenged students had held a protest on the campus demanding accessible voting rights in the union elections.

 

 Previously, JNU had implemented 'Braille ballot' in the Gender Sensitisation Committee against Sexual harassment (GSCASH) in the previous academic session, Anwar said.

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