VEC apologises over wheelchair access

The Victorian Electoral Commission will work to “do better next time” after a booth in Sale did not have full wheelchair access, despite being promoted as having it.

Sale resident Ken Hills, who contacted the Gippsland Times, said he needed to be assisted by two people to enter the booth at Sale College’s Guthridge campus.

 A rubber mat was also required to get the wheelchair over a step.

He said a similar thing happened at the venue during the 2006 election.

All three booths in Sale were promoted by the VEC as having “full wheelchair access”.

Mr Hills said he did not see any signs marking an entry for wheelchairs.

“It was very disappointing,” Mr Hills said.

A spokesperson for the VEC said volunteers were instructed on which door to use for wheelchair access, but that wasn’t followed.

“We will reinforce that in training next time around,” she said.

“It was an error on our part.”

The VEC apologised for the error.

“We will do better next time,” the spokesperson said.