Interior Ministry to facilitate voting for elderly and disabled

The upcoming parliamentary election will take place on May 6. Election days are usually chaotic because of heavy traffic and drivers cannot find parking spaces. Also, voters have to wait sometimes for hours to enter the polling station. For old people and people with disabilities, the situation is worse. Polling stations are not wheelchair-friendly, and some of these voters might feel uncomfortable while waiting outside. For this reason, the Minister of Interior and Municipalities Nouhad Machnouk asked the security officers at the stations to take the necessary measures to facilitate the voting process for disabled and old people by ensuring the vehicles are parked near the stations. Machnouk also asked the Civil Defense to assign personnel in each polling station to carry people with disabilities up stairs since elevators might not be available. People with disabilities, especially blind people, may present their cards which are issued by the Ministry of Social Affairs and allow another voter to enter the polling booth and help them with the voting process. We hope this works out. Most importantly, we would like to see government buildings, banks, schools, universities, malls, etc. become more friendly towards people with disabilities.

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