Hyderabad — Hyderabad is making history with the introduction of a home voting facility by the Election Commission of India for senior citizens and persons with disabilities ahead of the upcoming elections on November 30.
The first person to utilize this service was 91-year-old Annapurna Chunduri from the Khairatabad constituency.
Election officers and police collected her postal ballot at her residence, making it easier for her to exercise her right to vote. This initiative aims to ensure accessibility for eligible voters who face challenges reaching polling stations. Home voting will continue from November 21 to at least November 27 in all 119 assembly constituencies, making it the first time such a service is offered in Telangana.
The Election Commission of India has also announced that postal ballot facility will be available for senior citizens above 80 years and persons with disabilities with a 40% or more disability in four Indian states – Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan. This decision by the ECI is commendable as it provides a convenient option for eligible voters to exercise their right to vote from the comfort of their homes.