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Teens help out elderly persons, differently-abled at polling booths

New Delhi: A selfless effort was made for helping the voters to cast their votes by the young volunteers who were present at different booths from the morning.

At the model polling booth in Ambedkar Nagar, 17-year-old Aarju Sharma with Izraan and Devesh Tiwari were helping senior citizens, handicapped people to reach near EVM machine.

"People are giving us blessing and we are very happy to help people over here," said Devesh Tiwari. For the voters, these volunteers came as a relief.

"Many of voters were asking us regarding their polling booths by showing their voter slips," said Aarju Sharma.These children, who are the future voters of the country, were not disappointed with some negative comments made by some people.

"Few persons told us that there will be some profit that's why we are helping voters. We are not disappointed many people had also given blessing to us," added Tiwari.

In another polling booth, Mukesh Nishad (16) and Mohammad Firoze (16) were helping people. "For strong democracy, people should vote," said Mohammad Firoze, a student from a school in Deoli. He is the resident of Sangam Vihar. Mukesh also said that it was a great pleasure for him helping people in their vote cast.

All the children had come to the polling stations in between 6 AM to 7 AM. "Our teacher told us that if we want to volunteer during the election process, then we can give our names. Before coming to the booth we had a small briefing regarding our work," said the volunteer.

Whenever senior citizen arrived at the polling station, these children reached at the gate to greet them and helped them to reach the voting area by providing wheelchair (if necessary) or holding their hands. After elderly people cast their votes, they took them back to the main gate and helped them to board their vehicle.

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