Promoting Voter Registration among People with Disabilities in Cameroon

October 12, 2012

From: GPDD Secretariat

TrustLaw
Thursday, 4 October 2012

In every country in the world, approximately 15 to 20 percent of the population lives with one or more disabilities. These people often face challenges well beyond the physical: discrimination and exploitation are common. People with disabilities are often underrepresented in political office, and marginalized by policies that are blind to their needs and interests.
In Cameroon, approximately 15 percent of the population lives with disabilities. People with disabilities are the least represented demographic among politicians, top level government officials and even registered voters. Not a single person with a disability currently holds a parliamentary office or serves in an executive government position. The majority of people with disabilities who are eligible to vote are not registered. Among those who are, up to 80 percent were unable to participate in the 2011 presidential elections due to a lack of knowledge and awareness of electoral processes and procedures, and a lack of accessible registration and voting facilities.

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