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Sevastopol polling stations will be accessible to everyone

24 August 2017
Sevastopol polling stations will be accessible to everyone

September 10, 2017, on a single voting day, gubernatorial elections in the city of Sevastopol will take place. This event is of special significance for the citizens: in the Ukrainian period they could not directly elect the mayor, executive officers were appointed by Kiev. During the «Russian Spring» and after reunification with Russia, the idea of the local chief executive officers electing was one of the basic requirements of the citizens of Sevastopol. Therefore, the upcoming elections are historic for the city. For the first time Sevastopol residents will be able to directly elect the city Governor on the basis of equal and direct elections by secret ballot.

August 23, 2017, a roundtable on «The implementation of human and civil rights and freedoms in the field of ensuring the accessibility of urban polling stations» took place in the Sevastopol Legislative Assembly. The initiator of the event was Commissioner for Human Rights in Sevastopol Pavel Butsai.

Chairperson of the Legislative Assembly Commission on Legislation and State Building Viktor Posmetny, Chairperson of the Sevastopol Electoral Commission Alexander Petukhov, representatives of Sevastopol Government departments and public organizations and physically challenged people associations of Sevastopol took part in the meeting.

The main discussion topic was the issue of polling stations accessibility for challenged people, as well as ensuring the right realization of free will expression of those citizens who can not come to the polling station.

The participants of the roundtable also discussed a number of important issues related to the elections organization process, including: guaranteeing the polling stations with an accessible environment, providing visually challenged citizens with information; polling stations provision with lighting and ventilation; sanitary provision; voters’ provision with medical assistance. During the discussion, issues related to ensuring the voting of citizens of the Russian Federation living, but not registered in the city of Sevastopol, as well as ensuring the voting rights of citizens who are held in custody were also considered.

Having described the state of the polling stations on the eve of the upcoming Sevastopol Governor election in terms of their accessibility to the voters, Pavel Butsai noted that much progress has been made in this direction for the past year. In particular, with the participation of the Sevastopol Government and the Sevastopol Election Commission, it succeeded to halve the number of polling stations with difficult access for challenged people.

"This year, the number of polling stations on second floors of buildings significantly decreased, that makes it easier for people with disabilities to come and vote," the Sevastopol Commissioner said.

Pavel Butsai offered the Sevastopol Election Commission to set up a «call button» on the ground floor of polls inaccessible for challenged people, so that volunteers could help the challenged person.

Alexander Petukhov agreed with this proposal and said that for the upcoming presidential elections in March 2018, all polling stations would be located on the first floors of the buildings.

Currently the number of voters in Sevastopol is 306 thousand people. 180 polling stations will work on the single voting day. According to official data, there are 19.5 thousand disabled people in Sevastopol, 9 thousand of them are of the first and second disability groups. A home vote will be organized for them on request.

In addition, on the election day, about 300 volunteers will work at the polling stations with the task of assisting citizens in the voting.

Each poll will have magnifying glasses and large posters with information about the candidates. Blind people will vote with a scotograph.

In addition, for the first time in modern history in the upcoming Sevastopol Governor elections, Black Sea Fleet servicemen will be able to vote on a ship outside the city.

"Currently, we have made a decision to form two polling stations on the ships of the Black Sea Fleet, which will be outside their permanent deployment. This is a small number of voters, but every serviceman who will perform tasks outside Sevastopol on September 10 will have the opportunity to vote," Alexander Petukhov said.

Also, in the moment the first polling stations start working (August 31, 2017), the Commissioner’s Office in Sevastopol will open a hotline, on which voters and candidates will be able to get the information they need, and also report possible violations during the elections.

Adapted from the press service of the Commissioner for Human Rights in the city of Sevastopol

Photo: open sources

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