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Election Participation of Persons With Disabilities

Enira Bronitskaya

Belarus

International standards require that persons with disabilities have political rights and the opportunity to enjoy them on an equal basis with others. However the granting and implementation of political rights to persons with disabilities have always been very sensitive issue. Persons with disabilities could find it challenging to exercise not only the right to vote and right to stand, but also to participate in organizing and conducting elections, to obtain information, to be a campaign member, or to be present at campaign events. Equality, non-discrimination, legal capacity, accessibility, and awareness raising are crucial elements for persons with disabilities to possess electoral rights and be able to realize them.

 

 


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