ECI establishes 119 special polling stations in Srinagar PC


Srinagar, May 13 (KIP)-In a first of its kind move towards inclusivity and environmental consciousness, the Election Commission of India (ECI) had established 119 special polling stations of different categories for voters of Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency (PC) which went for polling today in the fourth phase of General Elections to Lok Sabha 2024.

These innovative polling stations viz; women manned, youth manned and PwD manned besides green model and unique polling stations were designed to cater specifically to the needs of women, youth and Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) and other voters besides promoting eco-friendly practices. These polling stations were established with specific themes in all five districts of Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency.

In Srinagar district, eight Women manned, eight PwD manned and eight youth manned besides eight green, seventeen model and two unique polling stations were established. Similarly, four women manned, four PwD manned and four youth manned besides six green, eight model and three unique polling stations were established for ease of voters in Ganderbal district.

Likewise, Pulwama district had three women manned, three PwD manned and two youth manned besides four green, eight model and one unique polling station was established. In Budgam (29,30,31) district, three women manned, one PWD manned and three youth manned besides three green polling station were established. Similarly, Shopian (37) had one women manned, one PwD manned and one youth manned besides two green and two unique polling stations.

The newly established polling stations aim to revolutionize the electoral process by ensuring accessibility and representation for all segments of society. With a special focus on women, youth, and PWD, these stations had been equipped with amenities tailored to meet their unique needs, fostering an environment conducive to their active participation in the democratic process.

Furthermore, the ECI’s commitment towards environmental sustainability has visibly been reflected through implementation of green practices at these polling stations. Every aspect is meticulously designed to minimize environmental impact and promote a greener future.

Speaking on this milestone initiative, Chief Electoral Officer, J&K, Pandurang K Pole, said that establishment of these unique polling stations underscores ECI's unwavering dedication towards fostering inclusivity and sustainability in the electoral process. He added that the ECI believes that every citizen should have equal access to exercise their democratic right, and these polling stations represent a significant step towards achieving that goal.