Ulyanovsk Commissioner checked accessibility of polling stations

10 September 2017

On September 9, Commissioner for Human Rights in the Ulyanovsk Region Lyudmila Krutilina, in accordance with the recommendations of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, inspected a number of polling station premises to ensure that they were accessible to challenged persons.

During the audit it was established that out of 17 polling stations in Zasviyazhsk district of Ulyanovsk 13 are located on ground floors of buildings, 4 — on the second floors. Due to the lack of a wheelchair ramp, access to one of the polling stations is restricted. Volunteers will assist challenged people and elderly citizens at these polling stations. For visually-challenged citizens, information concerning candidates is printed in large letters and magnifying glasses are available at all polling stations. Surrounding territories of the polling stations premises are equipped with pointers. Lists of challenged people and elderly citizens who have expressed a desire to vote at home have been prepared with the assistance of the bodies of population’s social protection.

On September 10, Lyudmila Krutilina traveled to Novoulyanovsk, where she visited a number of polling stations together with Vasily Gusev, a member of the regional Election Commission. There is absence of complaints from observers on actions of election commissions’ members. All polling stations have information concerning candidates printed in large letters. With regard to the accessibility of polling stations, it was noted that almost all the buildings where the voting premises are located are equipped with wheelchair ramps and railings, there are magnifying lenses for visually challenged citizens. Out of the 7 audited premises, only 2 are located on the second floor of the building. The administration of the municipality sent an appeal with recommendations to consider in the future the possibility of placing the premises of polling stations not higher than the ground floor.

Adapted from the materials of the press service of the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Ulyanovsk Region

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