Panaji, Apr 3 : A training and awareness program was held on April 1, 2019, in the seminar hall of SCERT Porvorim, for deaf and hard of hearing voters on the election process/procedure, in connection with the ensuing Lok Sabha Election.
According to a statement here, 91 deaf and hard of hearing voters from Taluka of Sattari, Bicholim, Bardez, Tiswadi, Pernem and Priol attended the programme.
Narayan Gad, Nodal Officer for Persons with Disability (PwDs), welcomed the voters and explained to them, that the purpose of this training is to educate the deaf and hard of hearing voters about the voting procedure.
He explained the concept of accessible election and the facilities available for PwD voters at the polling station. There would be a separate queue voters and senior citizens, he said, adding the polling staff and police personnel were sensitized about the different facilities available at the polling station and they were suitably instructed to be courteous to the Person with Disabilities (PwD) voters.
He requested all the participant to exercise their voting rights without fail. The entire conversation of Narayan Gad was explained to the participants by Manasvi Desai the sign language interpreter in sign language.
Dr Shantanu Gawas, Master Trainer, explained to the participants, the process of voting in the polling station, which was translated and explained to the participants in sign language by Manasvi Desai.
Subsequently, the participants were given the physical demonstration of the procedure, through mock poll as in the polling stations and actual casting of vote on the EVMs. The participants themselves experienced the casting of votes on EVMs.
There was an interactive session, wherein the participants raised various questions about the voting procedure which was explained to them by the trainers with practical examples in sign language. Taha Aziz, Nodal Officer from CEOs office, was also present during the training.
Prasad Joshi, Secretary of Association for Deaf and hard of hearing persons, said for the first time such a training was organized for deaf and hard of hearing persons, which would be very beneficial to them.
He thanked Collector North R Menaka, IAS, and Narayan Gad, the Nodal Officer for organizing such an informative training.
Sudesh Gaude proposed the vote of thanks.UNI