Federal Register of Disabled Persons to be key instrument ensuring voting rights of people with disabilities

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07 august 2019

Information stored in the Federal Register of Disabled Persons will enable election commissions to count the number of people with disabilities residing in their constituencies and to prepare their participation in elections with due account of individual needs.

Information from the Federal Register of Disabled Persons concerning their number, including the number of people on wheelchairs, using guide dogs, or having eyesight, hearing and locomotive impairments will help assist such people in exercising their voting rights.

Government support for disabled persons is regularly discussed at meetings attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and members of the Russian government. Labor and Social Protection Minister Maxim Topilin announced the creation of the Register of Disabled Persons at a meeting on May 22, 2019. A task of the register is to assist in the provision of voting rights of people with disabilities. Information technologies based on e-voting will be used in this case.

The Central Election Commission (CEC) has elaborated a program, “Way to the Polling Station,” which aims to ensure accessibility of polling stations for disabled persons. The program employs various tools, such as special personnel, social taxi, sign language interpreters, and volunteers.

The CEC and the PFR have jointly used the Federal Register of Disabled Persons to ensure equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities.

Disabled persons will use the fruit of combined efforts during the Unified Voting Day on September 8.

Read more about CEC preparations for the voting and measures ensuring rights of disabled persons on the CEC website: http://www.cikrf.ru/news/cec/43273/

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The Federal Register of Disabled Persons is the unified database of citizens formally designated as disabled and the authorities which provide services or social support to disabled persons.

The Russian Pension Fund has been developing and implementing the federal state information system, Federal Register of Disabled Persons, since 2016 on the basis of Federal Law No. 419 dated 01.12.2014. “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Pertaining to Social Protection of Disabled Persons in Connection with the Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.” The full-scale use of the system began in 2018. Read more on the website of the Federal Register of Disabled Persons.