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Observer Trainings

All observers were required to participate in a training to prepare for their Election Day duties. Observer trainings were conducted during a two-week period prior to the election and held in one central location within each province.

The provinces were: Jakarta Special Administrative Area, Central Java, Aceh, South Kalimantan and South Sulawesi. The two-day workshop instructed the observers on issues including:

  • How to fill out the checklist and surveys;
  • How to interact with persons with disabilities;
  • How to deliver the results to the AGENDA office in Jakarta on Election Day.

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Observer Trainings image 2Further sessions focused on basic electoral knowledge and disability sensitivity training. All observers had to take part in a simulation of accessible election practices at an improvised polling station to give them a better understanding about the electoral process, which issues to look out for, and to gain experience of the main barriers that persons with disabilities may face during the voting process.

Training of AGENDA’s election observers in Aceh, South Kalimantan, Central Java, South Sulawesi and Jakarta

South Kalimantan Workshop  Election Voting Simulation 27-28 June 2014

South Kalimantan Workshop Election Voting Simulation

On June 27–28 June, 28-29 June, 1-2 July, 2-3 July and 4-5 July AGENDA/JPPR held trainings for 300 observers in South Kalimantan, Aceh, Central Java, South Sulawesi and Jakarta respectively. The 60 observers in each province consisted of 30 disabled from PPDI and 30 non-disabled observers from JPPR. KPU Commissioner and member of Bawaslu in South Kalimantan, Aceh, Central Java and South Sulawesi became speaker in one of the training sessions in each province.

Checklists and Surveys

Checklist and surveys

AGENDA designed a polling station checklist and post-election survey to be used as election observation tools. The checklists and surveys were modified from existing versions that were originally developed and piloted for observing five local elections in Indonesia between November 2011 and July 2012. The presidential election checklist and survey were adapted to incorporate the les- sons learned from previous observation efforts carried out during AGENDA’s first phase.

The selection of questions was based on election regulations for the presidential election and international best practices regarding managing election accessibility for people with disabilities. To finalize the checklist and survey, a two-day stakeholder meeting was held in Jakarta for JPPR and PPDI regional coordinators from the five provinces where elections were to be observed, in addition to other election experts and persons with disabilities. Three different checklists and surveys were produced for use by the election observers.

Workshop of AGENDA’s Provincial Coordinators for the election Monitoring Mission

M Afifuddin on coordinator workshop

M Afifuddin, Program Manager AGENDA-JPPR

On June 22-23, AGENDA/JPPR held training for the 10 coordinators of AGENDA’s monitoring mission for the presidential election. The coordinator consisted of 5 PPDI representatives and 5 JPPR representatives from 5 provinces in Indonesia (Aceh, Jakarta, Central Java, South Sulawesi and South Kalimantan). Fadhil, DKI Jakarta KPU Commissioner and M. Jufri Bawaslu DKI Jakarta i spoke at one sessions of the workshop.

AGENDA Launching Event

19 June 2014, AGENDA launched AGENDA II, the second phase of the project. Opening remarks for the event were provided by H.E. Simon Merrifield, Australian Ambassador to ASEAN and Daniel Zuchron, Commissioner of BAWASLU. Both welcomed the second phase of the AGENDA project and the continued effort to enhance accessible elections in the ASEAN region, particularly in Indonesia. A press conference was held to outline AGENDA’s activities surrounding the upcoming presidential election in Indonesia on 9 July 2014.

To see the recording video please go to our youtube channel on this link.

To download the press release for AGENDA II please go to this link.

 

Monitoring Checklist Tailoring Workshop

Reviewing Checklist on Tailoring Workshop 17 June 2014

Reviewing Checklist on Tailoring Workshop 17 June 2014

On June 17, AGENDA/JPPR organized a tailoring workshop to review the existing AGENDA checklist. It involved few seasoned observers from various election civil society organizations with significant election monitoring background and also disabled people’s organizations. The workshop has established 3 (three) checklist that are going to be used in AGENDA’s monitoring mission in 5 provinces (Aceh, Jakarta, Central Java, South Sulawesi and South Kalimantan) at July 9 Presidential Election. The seasoned observers were from Bawaslu RI, Bawaslu DKI, Pertuni, FKPCTI, Perludem, Indepth Indonesia, Ansipol, Kemitraan, Gerkatin Indonesia, PPDI, PPUA Penca, KIPP Jakarta, ANFREL, JPPR.

IFES Remembers Indonesian Disability Rights Leader Yusdiana

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is deeply saddened by the passing of Senior Disability Rights Adviser Yusdiana (“Diana”) of Indonesia. She died of complications after surgery in Jakarta on December 28. Our sincerest thoughts are with her family and the disability community.

As a young adult, Diana contracted polio and learned how to navigate life, physically, emotionally and mentally using a wheelchair. She then went on to advocate tirelessly for equal rights and strived to increase the political participation of persons with disabilities.

"As a person with a disability who grew up experiencing many barriers, I see my participation in elections gives me the opportunity to make a decision on who best will represent my voice in parliament and government. [I want to elect a] person who I believe will fight for my rights and community to have a decent life as equal as other citizens," said Diana.

Through a leadership position with the Indonesia Disabled People’s Association (PPDI), she travelled across Southeast Asia as an ambassador to raise awareness about the need for greater inclusion in the political process. She was instrumental in the development of the General Election Network for Disability Access in Southeast Asia (AGENDA) – an initiative supported by IFES. Along with AGENDA colleagues, Diana successfully advocated for people with disabilities to be included in the 2012 ASEAN Human Rights Declaration.

“Diana was not only a dear friend and an immensely kind and important colleague, she was a true force of nature and a formidable leader for her community and her cause – particularly in providing leadership on behalf of PPDI in the establishment of the AGENDA network throughout Southeast Asia,” said Peter Erben, IFES Senior Electoral Adviser and Indonesia Chief of Party. “In her memory, and honoring her quest, others must now rise and continue her important work.”

Diana observed five elections in Indonesia and in Cambodia, and provided feedback to election management bodies on how to make the electoral process more accessible. In June 2013, she spoke at the 23rd Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Her attendance marked growing recognition and appreciation for the political rights of people with disabilities. During her speech, she underscored the importance of ensuring political rights for persons with disabilities.

"Southeast Asia is a region with 90 million persons with disabilities, around 15 percent of the total population,” said Diana. “The region is in the growing process of democratization as we have seen happening in Myanmar. 

“As persons with disabilities, participating in elections is important, since it will give us full participation in the development of our country. We can really make our own choices – to vote, to be elected and to be election officers. As a citizen, voting opens doors to other rights.”

 Listen to Advocating for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Southeast Asia, a podcast featuring Yusdiana, IFES Access and Inclusion Specialist Virginia Atkinson, and IFES AGENDA Program Manager Chris Donn.

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