KSP urges KPU to ensure disabled-friendly general elections

KSP urges KPU to ensure disabled-friendly general elections

Deputy V of the Presidential Staff Office (KSP), Jaleswari Pramodhawardani. (ANTARA/Dokumentasi KSP)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Deputy V of the Presidential Staff Office (KSP), Jaleswari Pramodhawardani, has urged the General Elections Commission (KPU) to make the 2024 General Elections disabled-friendly to support voters with disabilities, whose number is pegged at 1.1 million.

"Inclusivity and accessibility are issues that must be seriously prepared by the KPU. Do not let the rights of people with disabilities not be facilitated well, which, in the end, causes their participation to become low," she said here on Thursday, according to a written statement.

Pramodhawardani noted that the issue of ensuring the voting rights of people with disabilities was discussed at the 2024 General Elections Preparedness Coordination Meeting in Surabaya, East Java, on September 12 and 13, 2023.

The discussion was carried out based on the facts revealed by the National Commission on Disabilities, namely, people with disabilities are still facing several obstacles to exercising their right to vote, including in terms of data collection, geographical conditions, and public awareness.

To respond to those challenges, the KSP has urged KPU to make prompt efforts to support the needs of people with disabilities in the 2024 General Elections, she informed.

"For example, regarding the provision of Braille ballot paper templates at polling stations, the locations of polling stations that must be accessible to wheelchairs, and the readiness of officers at polling stations," she said.

She further said that, apart from access for people with disabilities, the coordination meeting also discussed two other essential issues, namely the strengthening of money politics prevention and hate speech handling.

Issues related to the implementation of the elections must be handled quickly, she added.

Pramodhawardani said that the KSP will soon make "debottlenecking" efforts and make further coordination efforts with stakeholders, especially voter groups.

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