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On Thursday afternoon the Regional Dialogue on Access to Elections for Persons with Disabilities came to an end. The two-day conference on enhancing the role and participation of persons with disabilities and promoting election access for all included a variety of sessions that delved into complex topics on access.

The closing session showcased the organizing committee.

Made up of participants from eight countries, the committee seemed satisfied with the conference overall.

After the closing session, the participants took photographs together.

Yusdiana, program manager from PPCI for AGENDA, acted as the committee head. She said that the conference provided valuable lessons about election and disability issues. “We share our experiences to better other countries. We share information,” she said.

Among the eight countries in the AGENDA network, some have better experiences in the implementation of elections than others. Some countries have good experiences in protecting the rights of persons with disabilities. The conference highlighted both these successes and the areas in need of improvements.

The success of the conference suggestions that another will take place in the future, which involve the AGENDA network and increasing the role of people with disabilities in elections.

Beyond the possibility of a second meeting, there will be an observing program in the future, as well. With elections in three countries – Malaysia, Cambodia, and Timor Leste – the AGENDA network plans to observe them all. “Therefore, we can learn from each other,” Yusdiana said.

This news is produced by Diffa, the first and only magazine focusing on disability issues.diffa logo

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