Limiting candidates’ campaign spending can play a major role in making elections more inclusive. The cost of campaigning is often a major deterrent to the political participation of women and marginalized groups with limited access to economic resources. While Nepal’s election law includes campaign spending limits, the public perception is that they are neither followed nor enforced.
A true democracy requires that the poorest and most marginalized citizens have a meaningful voice in decisions affecting their lives. However, persons with disabilities, often among the poorest of the poor and comprising approximately 15 percent of the global population, are rarely empowered to participate politically in their countries.