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Organization Profile: The Center for Election Access of Citizens with Disabilities (PPUA Penca)

The Center for Election Access of Citizens with Disabilities (Pusat Pemilihan Umum Akses Penyandang Cacat, PPUA Penca) was established in 2004, initiated due to the concern for the lack of attention,Dra. Ariyani Soekanwo speaking on a Voter Education Event for  the 2009 Indonesian Presidential ELection protection and equality for voters with disabilities. PPUA Penca’s mandate is to advocate for political rights for persons with disabilities in elections, especially for setting up facilities accessible to voters with impairments. Voter education and simulation exercises were conducted in five provinces for the 2004 elections, including special sessions for voters with hearing impairments. For the 2009 elections, PPUA Penca conducted voter education and simulation exercises for persons with disabilities in eight provinces. PPUA Penca was further entrusted by Indonesia’s General Election Commission (KPU) to design Braille templates and other tools for voters with visual impairments. In addition, PPUA Penca has proactively submitted recommendations to the KPU to address the political rights of persons with disabilities.

PPUA Penca has also actively advocated the Indonesian government on electoral policies PPUA Penca giving a radio talkshow in Pekanbaru, Indonesiato give attention to the political rights of persons with disabilities. They were actively involved in the drafting process of Law Number 10/2008 on General Election. In the last Jakarta gubernatorial election, PPUA Penca, in cooperation with the Jakarta Election Management Board, took active lead in conducting voter education events for persons with disabilities. Currently PPUA Penca is preparing a training manual on accessible election. This manual is to be used to train Election officials in the Southeast Asia region on how to organize an election that is accessible for persons with disabilities.

PPUA headquarter is in Jakarta. It is currently chaired by Dra. Ariani.

AGENDA in Bangkok

agenda-in-bangkokOn 13 August 2012, Christian Dirk Donn, IFES AGENDA Program Manager, and Heppy Sebayang, PPUA PENCA AGENDA Program manager, visited Bangkok to give a presentation on AGENDA’s projects to the new batch of students of Institute of Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). The institute is a network of university and outreach partners focused on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region and based at American University in Washington, DC. For more information on IDPP please check this link.

Christian and Heppy met and had a dynamic dialogue with the students, who were really interested on how AGENDA’s project has been progressing in a year. Check this article here for a full report of the whole event in IDPP website.

Please have a look at our pictures gallery to see pictures of Christian and Heppy’s presentation in Bangkok here. These pictures are credited to Lauren Bulke – COTELCO/IDPP.

In addition to giving presentation for IDPP students, Christian and Heppy also visited the UNESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission in Asia Pacific) office in Bangkok and met with Saowalak Thongkuay and 'Wansao Chaiyakul' from DPI-AP (Disabled People International Asia Pacific). Saowalak has been very supportive for AGENDA over the past year and advised the project on several matters.

Organization Profile: Persatuan Penyandang Cacat Indonesia (PPCI)

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Founded in 1989, the Indonesia Disabled People’s Association (Persatuan Penyandang Cacat Indonesia, PPCI) advocates for the full participation of and equal opportunities for persons with disabilities. PPCI is an active partner of the Government of Indonesia in raising awareness and designing policy and program concepts for persons with disabilities.

In 2010, in collaboration with Disabled People International Asia Pacific (DPI/AP),PPCI organized a regional conference on ASEAN and persons with disabilities, culminating in The Jakarta Declaration, which offered initial recommendations for regional action. Additionally, the PPCI engages in advocacy on the political rights of persons with disabilities in national elections. Since 2005, this has included efforts leading to the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in December 2011.

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Findings Suggest Accessibility still an Issue in Jakarta Election

By: Dipo Djungdjungan Summa.

On July 11 2012, AGENDA conducted election monitoring during the Jakarta gubernatorial election. This was the sixth mission AGENDA has organized, following similar missions in four districts in Indonesia and in Cambodia during the commune election.

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During this monitoring, 70 observers were deployed to a total of 92 polling stations across five districts in Jakarta. Observers also interviewed 167 voters with disabilities after they cast their vote. In addition to local observers, AGENDA invited international observers, including three from Malaysia and two from Cambodia.

Findings from this exercise suggest accessibility is still an issue in Jakarta. There are at least three areas that need improvement.

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AGENDA Visited the Philippines

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Top: Christian Donn (IFES-AGENDA) and May Butoy (IFES Philippines) with Rene V. Sarmiento | Below: Christian Donn with Carmen Zubiaga

Christian Dirk Donn, IFES-AGENDA Project Manager, visited the Philippines for five days to meet with several DPOs, the Philippine Election Commission, student networks and other governmental agencies, working in the field of disability rights or elections. Many organizations expressed their appreciation for what AGENDA has been doing in the region as well as in the Philippines to this date.

news-agenda-visited-the-philippines-image2Donn met with Carmen Zubiaga, the Acting Executive Director of the National Council of Disability Affairs (NCDA) to discuss potential areas for future collaboration and Commissioner Sarmiento of the Philippines Commission on Election (COMELEC) who has already been collaborating with AGENDA in the past.

Other organizations that Mr. Donn visited were KAMPI (Katipunan ng Maykapansanan sa Pilipinas Inc), AGENDA’s partner in the Philippines, AKAP-Pinoy, First Voters Network (FTV), SANGGUNIAN (Ateneo University Student Council), the Legal Network for Truthful elections (LENTE), and NAPC (National Anti-Poverty Campaign).

 

 

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