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Rough Terrainspose Obstacle To Disabled Voters In South Tangerang

image Rough Terrainspose Obstacle To Disabled Voters In South TangerangBy: Riri Rafiani, PPUA Penca

On October 22, 2011 a regional election for the post of governor was held in Banten Province, including in the South Tangerang regency. This was the second election in the relatively new province since its establishment in 2000. The first was held in 2006.

The day also marked AGENDA’s third election monitoring activity, following similar projects in Yogyakarta and Mamuju. Thirty polling stations in four sub-districts in South Tangerang were selected and 41 respondents (disabled voters) were interviewed.

The monitoring revealed similar findings tothose in Mamuju: accessibility was still an issue. Some polling stations were located in buildings with flights of stairs and the voting booths were constructed without due consideration to wheelchair users. The topology of the area and road condition that does not allow easy passage further complicated the matter. Slopes and rough, narrow trails characterize the region, especially in the outskirts.

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Accessibility Still An Issue In Mamuju

image Accessibility Still An Issue In MamujuBy: Riri Rafiani, PPUA Penca

For their second electoral monitoring, the AGENDA team set out to Mamuju, the capital city of West Sulawesi Province. This region saw its second provincial election on asunny day on October 10, 2011.

Similar methods used in the Yogyakarta election monitoring were adopted in Mamuju. Over 30 polling stations in three sub-districts from downtown Mamuju to the city suburbs were selected. Thirty volunteers consisting of disabled and non-disabled persons were recruited to help AGENDA with this activity.Thirty-six respondents (voters with disability) were interviewed for their opinion.

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AGENDA First Electoral Monitoring in Yogyakarta

image AGENDA First Electoral Monitoring in YogyakartaBy: Riri Rafiani, PPUA Penca

On September 25, 2011, AGENDA conducted its first electoral monitoring at the regional election in Yogyakarta. The purpose of this monitoring is to evaluate the accessibility of voting process and to find out whether disabled voters are content with the whole process of election.

To help AGENDA with this project, thirty volunteers were assigned to thirty polling stations in four sub-districts. They followed the entire election process, starting with the opening of the polling station, checking that the requirements for accessible election were met, and waiting for the disabled voters to come to the location. After casting their votes, these persons were interviewed to find out if they were satisfied with the organization of the election. In total, forty-two respondents were interviewed.

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