Discussion on the barriers to a fully inclusive society in 2012

Political Participation for Everyone

The right to vote and the broader right to participate in political and public life are integral to a functioning democracy.  By exercising the right to vote, disabled people assert individual autonomy, which includes the freedom to make one’s own choices, and the right to be recognised as persons before the law. Through involvement in political activity, law and policy reform, disabled people and their representative organisations can influence improvements in the areas of health, rehabilitation, education, employment and access to goods and services.

New Zealand’s voting and political systems are not designed for everyone. Disabled people experience barriers to exercising their rights to vote and participate politically such as inaccessible information and voting papers, limited voting methods, and a lack of physical facilities enabling engagement with politicians.

This report outlines the Commission’s experience and research, international human rights standards and NZ legislation,  good practice overseas and recommendations to ensure disabled people can fully exercise their right to vote and participate in political life.

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