Former leaders including Dr. Manmohan Singh and LK Advani utilize home voting facility in Delhi elections

Former Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, ex-Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani, and ex-Union Minister Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi have exercised their voting rights from the comfort of their homes, confirmed the Delhi poll body.

The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Delhi initiated the home voting facility, catering specifically to elderly voters and persons with disabilities (PwDs), starting from Thursday and extending until May 24.

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As per official data, a total of 1,409 voters utilized the home voting option across all seven parliamentary constituencies in Delhi on Friday, the second day of the initiative. The West Delhi constituency recorded the highest turnout with 348 participants, out of which 299 were elderly citizens.

At the end of the second day, the CEO office informed 2,956 voters have exercised their option to vote from their homes.

In a statement, the CEO office mentioned, “Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and former Union Minister Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi successfully cast their votes on May 17 from their homes, availing the home voting facility in the New Delhi parliamentary constituency.” Former Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari cast his vote on Thursday, while former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani exercised his franchise on Saturday, sources confirmed.

As the initiative started, 1,482 voters chose to vote from their homes, which is stated as significant attention. In total, 5,406 voters, including the elderly and PwDs, have submitted their Form 12D to use the opportunity in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. The provision of such an option is to provide easy and dignified voting to these people without visiting the polling stations. The polls’ schedules are on May 25, which is crucial for the process in a democratic country.