Voting Inaccessibility in Lebanon
The logistics of the electoral process pose undue hardships on the country's disabled citizens and are reflective of the official disregard for their plight, according to the head of the Lebanese Physically Handicapped Union.
Union president Silvana Lakkis made her comments during a meeting with the media Monday, organized to discuss the organization's new campaign aimed at raising awareness regarding disabled persons' rights concerning the elections.
Lakkis said "special procedures" are required in order for disabled people to vote in any election, giving the example of one disabled citizen who was unable to climb up three flights of stairs to vote.
It is common practice in Lebanon for voting stations to be held at public schools in each district, and voters are required to cast ballots on any of a building's floors according to a predetermined list of candidates.