Strengthening electoral processes to be inclusive and accessible for all citizens with disabilities.

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Senarath Attanayake, who is using a wheelchair, speaks with colleagues
Dec. 2016

Increasing Access through Elected Office

Politicians have the opportunity to pass legislation and promote new policies that make a difference in the lives of persons with disabilities. Their engagement can provide an avenue for greater inclusion in political life, as well as in areas such as education and healthcare. Senarath Attanayake, the first person with a disability to be elected to office in Sri Lanka and the first wheelchair-user to join the Bar, has used ...

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A group of persons with and without disabilities sit around a conference table
Dec. 2016

Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Recognizes Inclusive Elections on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

To mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and  the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) held a seminar on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the electoral process on December 2 in Islamabad. Chief Election Commissioner Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza, Secretary of the ECP Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad, members of the commission, disability inclusion rights organizations and donors participated in the seminar. ...

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A round room holds a set of chairs facing a set of audience chairs
Nov. 2016

Constitutional Court Upholds Right to Vote of Persons with Psychosocial or Intellectual Disabilities in Indonesia

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The Indonesian Constitutional Court issued a decision on October 13 on a case brought by civil society and the disability community to challenge a provision in the Law on Regional Head Elections that denies the right to vote to citizens who are “mentally disturbed or have memory problems”. The Court determined that citizens with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities have the ...

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