Federation of the Blind: Polling stations in Budva inaccessible, no parking, no voting templates available

Observers visited all polling stations in Budva and found non-compliance with the recommendations of the State Election Commission

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Photo: Association of the Blind
Photo: Association of the Blind
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The Union of the Blind of Montenegro announced that their observers were prevented from observing all polling stations (BM) in Budva.

The Alliance said that their seven observers monitored the systematic accessibility of polling stations in Budva, where local elections are being held today, and that they visited all 28 polling stations to monitor the implementation of the election process.

They explained that they carried out monitoring in five categories: the surroundings of the polling station (parking lot), the approach to the polling station, the entrance to the polling station, the work of the polling board, and the organization of the polling station room in relation to physical accessibility and election materials.

"Until 14:00 p.m., the observers of the Federation of the Blind visited all 28 polling stations. All observers were able to observe unhindered. Regarding the surroundings of the polling station, only 13.79 percent of the observed polling stations are fully accessible, i.e. the parking lot is located in the immediate vicinity, marked is a sign of accessibility, it has adequate dimensions and there are no illegally parked cars that block access for people with disabilities," states the statement signed by the director of the Association, Goran Macanović.

Access to polling stations is fully accessible at 41.38 percent of the observed polling stations, which, Macanović says, means that the curb, if it exists, is lower than the prescribed two centimeters, and that there are no other obstacles to access in the form of installed concrete posts, planters and fig.

"The entrance area to polling stations is fully accessible at 41.38 percent of the observed polling stations, which shows that the locations of these polling stations are carefully selected, because the entrance is flat or has an adequate ramp. It is fully accessible for people with physical disabilities only at 13.79 percent This indicates that the entrance door is wide enough for wheelchair users to pass through, that both wings are open if there are double doors, that the threshold of the entrance door, if any, is not higher than 2 cm. are corridors with a minimum width of 120 cm," said Macanović.

They point out that none of the 28 observed polling stations are fully accessible to visually impaired people, which means that there is no voting template available at the polling station, which is made of a dark color of stronger, durable material with slits where the numbers of the ballots are, and that the ethison strips are not properly placed .

"Regarding the voting of persons of shorter stature and wheelchair users, 34.48% of the polling stations observed were fully accessible, which means that the lower shelf for voting was properly placed, and that the height of the ballot box did not exceed the prescribed 85 cm," he said. Macanović.

He adds that until 14:XNUMX p.m., the Federation had not received reports of irregularities from persons with disabilities.

"The data we received today indicate non-compliance with the recommendations of the State Election Commission, as well as the Commission's rules on determining and organizing polling stations and measures to ensure the secrecy of voting," concluded the director of the Alliance.

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