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KPU Jakarta prepares services for disabled voters

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 3, 2017   /  12:33 pm
KPU Jakarta prepares services for disabled voters A voter in a wheelchair takes part in a voting simulation event held by the Jakarta General Elections Commission (KPU Jakarta) at Suropati Park in Central Jakarta on Jan. 28. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho)

The Jakarta General Elections Commission (KPU Jakarta) has taken measures to help more than 5,000 people with disabilities vote in the election slated for Feb. 15.

People with disabilities will get priority at polling stations with members of election committees ready to provide assistance as needed, KPU Jakarta commissioner Betty Epsilon Idroos said on Thursday as reported by kompas.com.

“People with disabilities, the elderly and pregnant women will have first priority,” Betty said.

The KPU Jakarta has also prepared Braille templates at all polling stations for voters with visual impairments. Furthermore, the commission will design polling stations to accommodate people with various disabilities, such as making doors larger so that people in wheelchairs can enter easily, Betty said.

Voters with disabilities who vote with the help of a KPU assistant inside the booth can request a C3 form, through which the KPU assistant will agree to keep secret the person’s voting preferences, or the voter can accuse the assistant of criminal charges.

According to data from the KPU Jakarta, of the more than 7 million registered voters, 5,371 people have a disability. (saf)

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