Palembang (ANTARA) - Social Affairs Minister Tri Rismaharini on Friday requested the General Elections Commission (KPU) to provide accommodations for disabled people who will vote in the 2024 General Election.

During her visit to Palembang, South Sumatra, she emphasized the importance of the KPU providing facilities for disabled individuals to enable their participation in the election.

"We have been discussing this since last year. We can only make requests as we are not the organizers," she remarked.

Rismaharini noted that the request includes providing Braille ballot papers for people with visual impairments.

However, she pointed out that Braille letters can only be understood by visually impaired individuals who have attended school and learned about the system.

"The legislative ballot papers are quite complicated for those who have not attended school," she explained.

She noted that presidential election ballots are not as complicated as legislative ballots, especially for those with disabilities, as they have fewer choices.

Moreover, addressing access for disabled voters during elections can also be achieved by ensuring that a guide accompanies them.

She pointed out that disabled people living in villages already face difficulties in navigating their day-to-day lives.

Hence, providing them the right to vote in the elections should receive greater attention from election organizers, she added.

"We once provided wheelchair assistance for a disabled person, but then we realized their house is close to the edge of a cliff. Therefore, we need to think about this together so that people with disabilities can have a more decent and better life," Rismaharini concluded.

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