Training Election Commissions in Kyrgyzstan on Electoral Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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Territorial Election Commission representatives participate in a mock election to compare the differences between accessible and inaccessible polling stations. © OSCE Program Office in Bishkek

In honor of Global Elections Day on February 6, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Kyrgyzstan’s Central Election Commission (CEC), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Program Office in Bishkek and Public Foundation “Eagle” conducted a two-day training on ensuring the electoral rights of persons with disabilities for Territorial Election Commission representatives. 

This event continues IFES’ long-established commitment in Kyrgyzstan to support the accessibility of persons with disabilities as citizens and leaders in decision-making processes. The training in Bishkek emphasized international and national standards for ensuring the enfranchisement of persons with disabilities, highlighting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) which was ratified by Kyrgyzstan in March 2019. The event provided a practical approach to understanding the needs of persons with disabilities in the electoral process through interactive sessions. Mock elections were facilitated to comparatively demonstrate the differences between accessible and inaccessible polling stations.

As a result of the training, participants were able to discuss and identify priority measures necessary to guarantee the accessibility of polling stations to ensure persons with disabilities can vote without barriers on Election Day and fully participate throughout the electoral period.

Since 1994, IFES has played a key role in the emergence of democratic electoral processes and institutions in Kyrgyzstan. Throughout this period, IFES has pioneered initiatives to ensure the inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities and other traditionally marginalized groups within the electoral cycle, including comprehensive support to Kyrgyzstan’s implementation of the CRPD.

Following the joint training, the OSCE produced a video capturing key elements of the event.

Training session on ensuring the implementation of electoral rights of persons with disabilities

Happy to share with you a short video report about a 2-day training session on ensuring the implementation of electoral rights of persons with disabilities for 135 Territorial Election Commission employees and special representatives of the Central Electoral Commision (CEC) from 7 provinces of Kyrgyzstan. Details in the video! #PwD #PwDs #CEC #CRPD Центральная избирательная комиссия КР IFES Kyrgyzstan ОФ "Эгль"

Posted by OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek on Thursday, February 27, 2020


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