हिंदी में देखें   |   Skip to main content   |   Screen Reader Access   |   A-   |   A+   |   Theme
Jump to content
  • Search In
    • More options...
    Find results that contain...
    Find results in...
    How to Search

  • Persons with Disabilities


    • ECI
      Accessibility Features
      The new ECI website is designed and developed with accessibility in mind, all visitors have equal access to, and can engage with, a site. The incorporated accessibility features comply with the international standards.

      Features incorporated in the website  to make it accessible are:

      Skip to Main Content:
      Quick access to the core content on the page is provided without going through repetitive navigation using the keyboard.
      Screen Reader Access: 
      This will enable people with visual impairments to access the website using assistive technologies, such as screen readers. The information of the website is accessible with different screen readers.
      Descriptive Link Text:
      Brief description of a link is provided using descriptive phrases instead of just using words such as 'Read more' and 'Click here' as link text. Further, if a link opens a Website in a new window, the description specifies the same.
      Identification of file type and file size:
      Information about alternate file types, such as PDF, Word, Excel along with the file size has been provided within the link text to help users identify the same. In addition, icons for different file types have been provided with the links. This helps users in deciding whether they wish to access the link. For example, if a link opens a PDF file, the link text specifies its file size and file type.
      Friendly URL:
      Each page of the website contain a unique friendly URL 
      Table Headers:
      The table headings are marked and associated with their corresponding cells in each row. This enables a screen reader to read out the column and row header of any cell for the user.
      Table caption and summary:
      Table captions have specified that act as labels, which indicate what data is provided in the table. In addition, the summary is specified to provide the description for screen reader users to enable them to understand the table information easily.
      Headings:
      The Web page content is organized using appropriate headings and subheadings that provide a readable structure. H1 indicates the main heading, whereas H2 indicates a subheading. In addition, appropriate headings have been provided to improve readability.
      Titles:
      An appropriate name for each Web page is specified that helps you to understand the page content easily.
      Alternate Text:
      The brief description of an image is provided for users with a visual disability. If you are using a browser that supports only text or has turned off the image display, you can still know what the image is all about by reading the alternate text in absence of an image. In addition, some browsers display the alternate text in the form of a tooltip when the user moves the mouse pointer over the image.
      Explicit Form Label Association:
      A label is linked to its respective control, such as text box, checkbox, radio button, and drop-down list. This enables the assistive devices to identify the labels for the controls on a form.
      Consistent Navigation Mechanism:
      Consistent means of navigation and style of presentation throughout the Website has been incorporated.
      Keyboard Support:
      The website can be browsed using a keyboard by pressing the Tab and Shift + Tab keys.
      Customized Text Size:
      The size of the text on the Web pages can be changed either through the browser.
      Adjust contrast scheme:
      The website provides different schemes to enable users with visual impairments, such as low vision and colourblindness to view the web page information with ease. Different contrast schemes include Standard, Black on Yellow.
      User Control for content:
      The dynamic image slider used on the homepage can be hidden and unhide by the user.

    • ECI
      We are committed to ensuring that the ECI website of India is accessible to all users irrespective of device in use, technology or ability. It has been built, with an aim, to provide maximum accessibility and usability to its visitors.
      We have put in our best efforts to ensure that all information on this Portal is accessible to people with disabilities. For example, a user with visual disability can access this Portal using assistive technologies, such as screen readers and magnifiers.
      We also aim to be standards compliant and follow principles of usability and universal design, which should help all visitors of this Portal.
      This Portal is designed using XHTML 1.0 Transitional and meets priority 1 (level A) of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 laid down by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Part of the information in the Portal is also made available through links to external Web sites. External Web sites are maintained by the respective departments who are responsible for making these sites accessible.

    • ECI
      The very foundation of a democracy lies in the representation of all stakeholders and an indispensable part of nation-building starts with the inclusion of all in its electoral process. To uphold the spirit of free and fair elections, Election Commission of India declared ‘Accessible Elections’ as the theme for this year’s National Voters’  Day, i.e. 25th January 2018.  The theme seamlessly integrates with the underlying philosophy of universal adult suffrage and the concept of ‘No Voter to be Left Behind.’ 
      On 3rd and 4th July 2018, the Election Commission of India organized a National Consultation on Accessible Elections at ‘The Lalit’, New Delhi, wherein all the 36 Chief Electoral Officers and representatives from Civil Society Organisations, working in the field of Disability deliberated upon ways and means to make elections completely accessible to Persons with Disabilities.
      The two-day Consultation was also attended by representatives of national political parties and senior officials from Ministries apart from notable media organisations.
      Ahead of the National Consultation, a series of Consultations with the stakeholders were conducted in Districts and States across the country to identify the existing barriers and challenges, assess the implementation of the directives given by Commission on the subject, consolidate and gain from good practices (including innovations and technological support) and for further engagement with the stakeholders. The reports of the Consultations from the States were documented into  the Consultation Reader and the same were carefully assessed and analyzed in the National Consultation. 
      Recommendations of the National Consultation would pave the way for a policy document on ‘Accessible Elections’ and action plan for the upcoming elections.
      Background
      To make elections accessible to persons with disabilities, efforts have been taken up in past years. A well designed framework of guidelines has been directed by Commission for facilitating PwDs at every step in the electoral process. Many States and Union Territories have done exemplary work for overcoming the barriers and creating accessible and friendly environment for PwDs. The International Conference on ‘Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in Electoral Processes’, held in January, 2018, aided to consolidate and gain from international experience. Prior to this, the Commission's resolve in support of inclusion of PwDs has also been conveyed through official directives dated March 12, 2016 and September 7, 2016.
      Proceedings
      Day 1 
      The National Consultation on Accessible Elections opened with an enthusiastic start with the participation of more than 50 Civil Society Organizations and all the Chief Electoral Officers of States/UTs besides members of National Political Parties and Ministries, Government of India.Reaffirming ECI’s commitment to make elections entirely inclusive, accessible and hassle free for PwDs, Chief Election Commissioner Mr O P Rawat said in the inaugural session - “Despite having International, National laws and treaties or procedures in place, there is still a gap in reaching out to PwDs because of the apathy towards electoral process. I urge all the participants to suggest effective measures and help us devise a policy that can serve as a model framework for all Election Management Bodies of the world. Master Ram Chandra, a technician who was instrumental in creating the Jaipur Foot, which is now famous worldwide for providing assistance to PwDs and like him there are many famous as well as unsung heroes who are the part of war against disability.”
      In addition to that, Election Commissioner Mr Ashok Lavasa highlighted the importance of collaboration with stakeholders and society as a whole, while laying emphasis on awareness initiatives and spirit of volunteering among people to make the entire electoral process accessible. Concluding his remarks he said - “More Sensitized we are, More Sensible we become.”
      The first day of consultation also witnessed the launch of new dynamic website for ECI’s SVEEP (Systematic Voter’s Education and Electoral Participation) Division with a dedicated section on PwDs and state of the art security and accessibility features.
       
      The first technical session commenced with a presentation by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment followed by the presentation of Best Practices on Accessible Elections by the Chief Electoral Officers of Karnataka, West Bengal, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Meghalaya and District Election Officer of Mandya, Karnataka. 
      Break Out Groups
      Post lunch, the participants of the National Consultation were divided into five groups, for discussions under the second technical session, to cover specific disabilities. 
      Group 1: Blindness and Low Vision Group 2: Deaf and hard of hearing and mental illness Group 3: Locomotor Disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims, muscular dystrophy Group 4: Intellectual disability including autism, specific learning disability Group 5: Multiple disabilities including deaf-blindness
        The groups read through the reports submitted by States/UT and assessed barriers, challenges specific to the disabilities; studied existing initiatives, took inputs from the participating CSOs and came up with findings and recommendations for thematic presentations. 
      Day 2
      The second day of the consultation observed three panel discussions under the final technical session which featured presentations from representatives from each of the five groups. The theme for these panel discussions were as follows – 
      Theme 1: Accessible Registration Process including use of IT Theme 2 : Accessible Polling Station including EVM/VVPAT  & other Facilitation measures Theme 3 : Voter Education and leveraging Partnerships
        The Closing Session of the National Consultation on Accessible Elections was graced by the presence of Hon'ble Chief Election Commissioner Mr O. P. Rawat, and Election Commissioners Mr Sunil Arora and Mr Ashok Lavasa. The Commission announced the following measures for the facilitation of PwDs.
      Printing of EPIC (Electors Photo Identity Card) with Braille for Persons with Visual Impairment or Blind, Accessible Communication Awareness Materials A Mobile Application to motivate and educate  Appointment of Disability Coordinators at AC, District and State Level 5. Cascaded training on Accessibility to Poll officials Auxiliary Polling Stations  Accessible Photo Voter Slips Sign Language window in all the audio visual training and advertisement content material for the convenience of deaf persons Free Transport Facility for PwDs and their Assistants A new Accessible Division in India International Institute of Democracy and Electoral Management (IIIDEM), New Delhi Strategic Framework for Accessible Elections
      The deliberations held during the two day consultation resulted in a comprehensive, “Strategic Framework on Accessible Elections” which will help in making electoral process more accessible in the forthcoming State and National Elections. It would be a significant step in pursuit of Election Commission’s mission to leave no voter behind. The Strategic Framework on Accessible Elections is built around sensitization through education and training, community involvement of different sections of society, effective partnership with institutions and origination and creation of facilities to cater to the specific needs of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) with a view to increasing their participation.
      You can read more about the Strategic Framework and its contents by following the given link - http://ecisveep.nic.in/news/election-commission-of-india-unveils-strategic-framework-on-accessible-elections-r3/

About ECI

eci-logo.png.2e8f591ce7b8147f8f3148bcd50The Election Commission of India is an autonomous constitutional authority responsible for administering election processes in India. The body administers elections to the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, State Legislative Assemblies in India, and the offices of the President and Vice President in the country. The Election Commission operates under the authority of Constitution per Article 324, and subsequently enacted Representation of the People Act. 

What's New in this website

eci-logo.png.2e8f591ce7b8147f8f3148bcd50

The Election Commission of India announced the launch of its newly designed website. The completely revamped website features a streamlined and simplified design, improved functionality, and enriched content areas which will help all visitors to make well-informed decisions about their election-related needs and goals. ECI has launched the preview of the new site, and on final migration, Hindi version will be made live. View Rajbhasha Page.

×