KSP urges KPU to ensure PWD-friendly general elections

JAKARTA (Andara) – V Jaleswari Pramodawardani, deputy of the President’s Staff Office (KSP), has urged the General Election Commission (KPU) to make the 2024 general election disability-friendly to support the 1.1 million disabled voters. .

„Inclusion and accessibility are issues that need to be seriously prepared by KPU. Do not let the rights of people with disabilities go unutilized, which eventually leads to less participation,” he said on Thursday. For written report.

Pramodawardani noted that ensuring the voting rights of people with disabilities was discussed at the preparatory coordination meeting for the 2024 general elections in Surabaya, East Java on September 12 and 13, 2023.

The discussion was based on the facts revealed by the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, namely, that persons with disabilities face many obstacles in exercising their right to vote, including data collection, geographical conditions and public awareness.

To respond to those challenges, the KSP has urged the KPU to make immediate efforts to support the needs of persons with disabilities in the 2024 general elections.

„For example, regarding braille ballot templates at polling stations, locations of wheelchair accessible polling stations and staff readiness at polling stations,” he said.

Also, apart from accessibility for persons with disabilities, the coordination meeting also discussed two important issues of strengthening monetary policy and dealing with hate speech.

He added that issues related to the implementation of elections should be dealt with expeditiously.

Pramodavardhani said the KSP would soon undertake „depotleg” efforts and further coordination efforts with stakeholders, especially voter groups.

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Translated by: Ranga Pandu, Raga Adji
Editor: Aziz Kurmala
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