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NEW DELHI, Dec. 21, 2023 (TBINN)

Election Commission of India has asked politicians not to use derogatory words for persons with disability in public speeches, saying usage of such semantics in speech by members of any political party and their candidates can be interpreted as an affront to such people.

In an advisory issued to parties, the poll panel said the very foundation of democracy lies in representation of all communities in the electoral process.

Accessible and inclusive elections have been a non-negotiable priority for the Election Commission of India in particular to ensure equal participation of PwDs. With a renewed rigour, the Commission is consciously striving to promote the principle of accessibility and inclusivity in the elections, the advisory read.

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