In order to facilitate the Persons with Disability, Election commission of India has developed an android based mobile application i.e. PwD App. This is a pioneered application which provides the facility of informing the voter themselves as a person with the disability so that the same can be reflected in the electoral roll. With the convenience of simple clicks, the person with disabilities can request for registering themselves as electors. Upon receiving the request the election commission will ensure that the booth level officer will reach the doorstep.
Facilitations that Makes the App Unique:
ECI is now taking a proactive approach to reach out to the voters with disabilities, to offer all the electoral services such as:
Inform About Your Disability: The App allows the person with disabilities to mark them as PwD voter by entering their EPIC number only and it will automatically fetch their details. Voice Access and select to speak features are also available for the visually impaired person which increases the accessibility of the app.
Request For New Voter ID Registration: The seamless and perfect tool, which allows the PwDs to register as a new voter with the minimal information. While creating this app, we kept the convenience of PwDs in mind. Registration will only require the name and address of the person and, the rest work would be done by the Election Commission.
Request For Transfer: When a voter relocates from one geographical location or one constituency to another, their voting districts or state also changes, which may require lots of struggle and documentation work, but this PwD app will shorten the struggle during transfer which is one of the paramount requirement.
Request For Updation: Any correction, addition, or deletion in your voter ID card can easily be done, using this amazing feature of the application.
Request For Wheelchair: The inclusion of PwDs voter is essential, in the election process to offer them the feeling of equality. Providing wheelchair is the first step to give them the equality and dignity to cast a vote.
Find Polling Booth: To make the polling stations accessible for Persons with Disabilities booth locator feature has been included in the app. Booth locator helps the user to find the location and direct them to the booth location from the current location.
Navigate to Polling Booth: Incorporation and integration of Google Maps help the PwDs voters to easily navigate the polling booths during the elections. Also, the voter will getthe proper assistance from the electoral team.
On-Call Support: In order to make it more comfortable for persons with disabilities, ECI offers the on-call support (Toll-free: 1950). The assistance related to any electoral services would be provided to the user by taking his/her minimal information like name, number or address only. The PwDs would never be asked to leave their comfort zone to get the task done.
Interaction Controls: TalkBack feature which allows the interaction using speech, vibration, and audible feedback for users who are unable to operate smartphones. The enlarged graphics like text and icons, High contrast themes, Structured headlines, and better typography enhances the readability of the content.
Easy To Use: This App has been designed keeping easy and interactive user interface in view. The content has been classified based upon the user's disability. PwD users with minimal technical knowledge can easily use the app to claim all the benefits like the request for a wheelchair, mark as PwD, and others without leaving their home.
Election Commission Of India took this initiative to treat the PwDs as equal to others, and contributed towards making the polling stations accessible and voter-friendly for the PwDs as they will be getting the assistance and other services on the poll day.
Edited by ECI