News Agency, Bangalore :
The Election Commission has provided the facility of voting from home (Vote from Home – VFH) to senior citizens above 80 years of age and persons with disabilities who are unable to reach the polling station. This facility will be used for the first time in the upcoming assembly elections in Karnataka.
Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar gave this information in a press conference in Bengaluru. “We encourage senior citizens above 80 years of age and people who may not be able to access this facility to come to the polling station. However, our teams will carry Form-12D to those voters who are unable to attend the polling station. Necessary confidentiality will be observed in this process and the entire process will be filmed. Also, when the time comes to use the ‘VFH’ facility, all political parties will be informed about it,” said Kumar.
‘Enabled’, ‘Suvidha’ app for voting
A mobile app ‘Saksham’ has been launched for the disabled. By logging in they can choose the voting facility. Another mobile app called ‘Suvidha’ has been developed, which is an online portal for candidates to file nominations and affidavits. Candidates can also use the ‘Suvidha’ portal to seek permission for meetings and padayatras. Apart from this, the Election Commission has also started ‘Know Your Candidate’ (KYC) campaign, which can be beneficial for voters to choose the right candidate, informed Rajiv Kumar.
The duration of the complaint is fixed
The Commission has launched a mobile app ‘e-Vigil’ to register complaints about violations of the Election Code of Conduct. The chief election commissioner said that the response time for complaints registered on this app will be 100 minutes.