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Strengthening the electoral and political capacity for disabled persons, Georgia



On 4 April in Kutaisi, LDA Georgia presented research results and recommendations, contributing to "Strengthening the electoral and political capacity for disabled persons" project.

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The research describes current situation, showing measures undertaken by the state, for persons with disabilities to exercise their political and election rights. In practice, it means how adapted are the polling stations, if the election database is updated and what have been implemented to support the rights realisation process by the appropriate state agencies. Representatives of civil society organizations, local authorities, district election commission and media attended the presentation. 

The first part of research, as a baseline, includes a description of international and national law, a framework that defines the political rights of persons with disabilities, as well as data on the practice of the difficulties and barriers, which hinder the realization of the rights

The research is grounded in the analysis of interviews of three focus groups, which were organized in the municipalities of Imereti region: Kutaisi, Bagdadi and Zestafoni and 30 disabled people participating.

The project is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) within the project - "Georgia is competitive, fair and inclusive electoral environment 2016-2018 election cycles."



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