Participation of differently abled in the electoral processConsequent to the passing of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPwD) Act, 2016, responsibility has been cast upon the governments to take effective measures to ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy their rights equally with others. Also, there is a wider coverage in terms of types of disabilities in this Act. According to a report, the number of differently-abled voters in the five states where elections are being held has increased up to 17.11% (from 1,123,946 to 1,316,264 – source the Hindustan Times). The Election Commission made special arrangements like the provision of wheelchairs and ramps but these did not prove enough to facilitate voting especially in hilly areas of Uttrakhand.
Any additional measures that can be suggested to the Election Commission or taken up voluntarily by the so-called abled society to improve the participation of the differently-abled?