Persons with Disabilities 2019
A beneficiary of support if he/she is placed at an inpatient psychiatric facility under the Law of Georgia on “Psychiatric Assistance”, shall not be qualified to participate in elections, referenda and plebiscites (Election Code of Georgia – Article 3 a.c).
Persons who were declared legally incompetent by the court before 1 April, 2015 and who have been placed in an inpatient facility shall have no right to participate in elections, referenda and plebiscites (Election Code of Georgia – Article 18511).
State entities and municipal bodies shall provide the election precincts with the premises, which will be accessible for every voter. In case such buildings are not available, the building allocated for the election precinct shall, where possible, be adapted for the polling day to ensure accessibility for every voter (Election Code of Georgia – Article 58.11).
CEC ensures the use of technologies that allow voters with vision disabilities to fill in the ballot paper independently (Election Code of Georgia – 63.2).
CEC regulates the voting procedure of persons without upper limbs by an ordinance, according to which:
- Such persons do not go through the inking procedure and do not have their inking checked;
- When distributing a ballot (ballots), the registrar of voters indicates in a written form “physical condition” in the field of “voter’s signature” in the unified voters list and verifies this with personal signature;
- In the voter’s presence, the registrar places the ballot (ballots) into a special envelope, after which the person chosen by the voter, who will also help him/her to fill in the ballot in the voting cabin, places the envelope into the ballot box.
CEC Working Group for Persons with Disabilities
In order to promote the existence of equal voting environment for persons with disabilities, CEC has created a working group. The coordination of the working group is run by the Coordination, Planning and Reporting Department of CEC. The working group operates in accordance with the Statement of the Working Group for Persons with Disabilities, verified by the Chairperson of CEC. Please find the composition of the working group.
The activities related to persons with disabilities are also included in the Annual Action Plan of CEC.
By/Extraordinary Elections of May 19, 2019
The information about adapted election precincts will be placed on CEC webpage relying on the information provided by the responsible entities according to the legislation (Election Code of Georgia, Article 58.11)
The services offered by the Election Administration to persons with disabilities in order to participate in the voting are the following:
- For blind voters – a tactile ballot guide for filling in ballots at every election precinct (photo);
- For voters with vision impairment – two magnifying sheets at every election precinct (photo);
- For voters using wheelchairs – special voting cabins at adapted election precincts (photo);
- For deaf, hearing-impaired voters and beneficiaries of support - posters depicting the voting process at every election precinct (photo);
- If voters using a wheelchair address the Election Administration with such a request, the placement of portable (mobile) ramps at certain election precincts will be possible.
Information on adapted electoral precincts for By/Extraordinary Elections of May 19, 2019 (download)
Raising the Qualifications of the Precinct Election Commissions’ Members about the Etiquette of Communicating and Behavioural Norms in Relation with Persons with Disabilities
About 5000 members of precinct election commissions have undergone trainings on the Etiquette of Communicating and Behavioural Norms in Relation with Persons with Disabilities for By/Extraordinary Elections of May 19, 2019. Please find the instructions.
With the purpose of ensuring that the members of precinct election commissions provide qualified service to persons with disabilities, a special video footage is prepared.