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Organizers vow disability-friendly elections

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya, Jon Afrizal, and Andi Hajramurni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Jambi/Makassar   /   Tue, January 31 2017   /  12:21 am
Equal opportunity: A disabled man casts a ballot at a polling station during a simulation event at Taman Suropati, Central Jakarta, last Saturday. The simulation was part of final preparations ahead of the Jakarta gubernatorial election on Feb. 15.(Antara/Akbar Nugroho)(Antara/Akbar Nugroho)

Equal opportunity: A disabled man casts a ballot at a polling station during a simulation event at Taman Suropati, Central Jakarta, last Saturday. The simulation was part of final preparations ahead of the Jakarta gubernatorial election on Feb. 15.(Antara/Akbar Nugroho)Promoting the rights of the disabled may not be on the forefront of candidates’ campaign platforms running in the 101 regional elections across Indonesia slated for Feb. 15.

But the General Elections Commission (KPU) has promised they will provide all the necessary facilities to ensure that people with disabilities as well as the elderly have equal opportunity to vote in person.

KPU commissioner Ferry Kurnia Rizkiyansyah said on Monday the commission would ensure all polling stations in the 101 regions could be accessed by the disabled.

For example, he said, the flooring and the entrance of polling s...