On 24 January 2019 the Secretary of the CEC of Russia Maya Grishina spoke at the international conference “Making Elections Inclusive and Accessible” in Delhi (India). Her speech was devoted to ensuring the active suffrage of certain categories of voters in the Russian Federation.
Maya Grishina spoke in detail about the mechanism of “Mobile voter”, which allows to exercise the active electoral right of citizens who are out of their place of residence on the day of voting. The Secretary of the CEC of Russia noted that this mechanism is involved, among other things, to ensure the electoral rights of persons with disabilities.
“The system “Mobile voter” was in demand by this category of citizens because it allowed to choose a convenient polling station, which is best suited for a voter with a specific type of disability. Auxiliary technologies at polling stations allow citizens with disabilities to fully exercise their electoral rights,” said Maya Grishina.
The Secretary of the CEC of Russia also said that since 1 May 2018 the norms of the Federal legislation came into force, which allowed the election commissions to attract volunteers to assist voters with disabilities.
“The measures taken to organize a barrier-free environment, the efforts made by the election commissions to equip polling stations, ensure their accessibility, create the most comfortable conditions for voting, together with the use of the “Mobile voter” system lead to the fact that older people, people with disabilities express a desire to vote at polling stations and not at home,” said Maya Grishina.
The conference was attended by representatives of the election commissions of Maldives, Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Nepal, the International Institute for democracy and electoral assistance (IDEA).
The conference was dedicated to the national voters’ day, which is celebrated annually in India on 25 January.