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Fulfillment of persons with psychosocial disabilities’ rights on election

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On 24 August, Bawaslu facilitated a press conference at their media center on the right of persons with psycho social disabilities to participate in elections. AGENDA Disability Rights Advisor Tolhas Damanik was one of the speakers alongside the Chairman of Bawaslu, the Chairwoman of the Indonesian Mental Health Association and a representative from the Association of Clinical Mental Health Practitioners. Important points highlighted in the press conference were:

  1. During the local elections on 2017 and 2018, persons with psychosocial disabilities who lived in mental health institutions and hospitals were not able to vote because they were not registered by election officers;
  2. Having psychosocial disabilities does not incapacitate a person from making personal decisions or voting. Only a small number of persons with psychosocial disabilities become incapable to do so during specific, temporary periods of time due to experiencing peak levels of mental illness;
  3. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) guarantees the rights of persons with disabilities, including persons with psychosocial disabilities, to participate in politics and elections;
  4. Bawaslu offered their commitment to monitor the election process to ensure that persons with psychosocial disabilities will be registered in the voter list for the 2019 general election.

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