Policy brief on political rights and representation of persons with disabilities

The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV), as the very first election observing organization in Sri Lanka that spearheaded numerous initiatives beneficial to the realization of voting rights of the persons with disabilities with the auspices of the Election Commission of Sri Lanka, has been able to reach out to over 250 representatives of  leading Disabled Persons’ Organizations from over 20 districts around the country and obtain their input regarding the issues faced by them concerning the electoral process.

The focal point on persons with disabilities and older persons, that has been appointed by the Election Commission of Sri Lanka, also took part in these consultative discussions where the issues of the said DPOs were presented and suitable recommendations deliberated with the relevant stakeholders related to the electoral process.

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Consultation for Policy Brief on Political Rights of Persons with Disabilities- Sabaragamuwa Province Discussion

CMEV has been engaging in various initiatives of empowering disability organizations to achieve the rights related to voting and political representation of persons with disabilities in Sri Lanka, with special emphasis to voting rights of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) and to create an inclusive discourse with that regard, ensuring that the popular disability related slogan ‘’’Nothing about us without us’’ is given its true meaning. To this effect, CMEV has been conducting a series of programs aimed at the realization of political / voting rights of PwDs, in parallel with both National level Elections held in 2015 as well.
As a part of the newest chapter of the said initiatives, the fifth consultative discussion was held on the 30th January 2017 in partnership with the Election Commission of Sri Lanka and the FRIDSRO Sri Lanka. Key representatives of DPOs in Sabaragamuwa Province took part in this occasion.

The Additional Commissioner of the Election Commission of Sri Lanka Mr. Saman Ratnayake, who has been appointed as the focal point to identify and resolve disability-related issues in the electoral process, also   attended this event as the main resource person, representing the Election Commission.  Mr.G.D.N.De Silva, Assistant Commissioner of Election Commission of Sri Lanka also participated in this event.  Hashanie Chithranganie and Janitha Rukmal, two Researchers of CMEV also addressed the gathering.  National Co-ordinator of CMEV Manjula Gajanayake was the facilitator of the event.

Consultation for Policy Brief on Political Rights of Persons with Disabilities- Hambanthota District Discussion

CMEV has been engaging in various initiatives of empowering disability organizations to achieve the rights related to voting and political representation of persons with disabilities in Sri Lanka, with special emphasis to voting rights of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) and to create an inclusive discourse with that regard, ensuring that the popular disability related slogan ‘’’Nothing about us without us’’ is given its true meaning. To this effect, CMEV has been conducting a series of programs aimed at the realization of political / voting rights of PwDs, in parallel with both National level Elections held in 2015 as well.

As a part of the newest chapter of the said initiatives, the fourth consultative discussion was held on the 02nd February   2017 in partnership with the Election Commission of Sri Lanka and the Navajeewana, Tangalle.

Key representatives of DPOs in Southern Province took part in this occasion. The Additional Commissioner of the Election Commission of Sri Lanka Mr. Saman Ratnayake, who has been appointed as the focal point to identify and resolve disability-related issues in the electoral process, also   attended this event as the main resource person, representing the Election Commission.  Mr. R.S. Wedage,  Assistant Commissioner of Election Commission, Hambanthota District also participated in this event.  Hashanie Chithranganie, Researcher of CMEV and Janitha Rukmal , Researcher of CMEV also addressed the gathering.  National Coordinator of CMEV Manjula Gajanayake was the facilitator of the event.

Consultation for the Policy Brief on Political Rights of Persons with Disabilities- Galle district discussion

CMEV has been engaging in various initiatives of empowering disability organizations to achieve their political rights, with special emphasis to voting rights of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) and to create an inclusive discourse with that regard, ensuring that the popular disability related slogan ‘’’Nothing about us without us’’ is given its true meaning. To this effect, CMEV has been conducting a series of programs aimed at the realization of political / voting rights of PwDs, in parallel with both National level Elections held in 2015 as well.

As a part of the newest chapter of the said initiatives, the second consultative discussion was held on the 25th of January in partnership with the Election Commission of Sri Lanka and the FRIDSRO. Key representatives of DPOs in Northern Province took part in this occasion.

The Additional Commissioner of the Election Commission of Sri Lanka Mr. Saman Sri Ratnayake attended this event as the main resource person, representing the Election Commission.  Mr. Bimal De Silva, Deputy Commissioner of Election Commission of Sri Lanka attended representing District Election offices of Galle and Programme Director of FRIDSRO Sri Lanka Ms. Kumudu Herath National and Co-founder of Enable Lanka Foundation Janith Rukmal also addressed the gathering.  National Co-ordinator of CMEV Manjula Gajanayake was the facilitator of the event.

Consultation for Policy Brief on the Political Rights of Persons with Disabilities- Northern Province Discussion

CMEV has been engaging in various initiatives of empowering disability organizations to achieve their political rights, with special emphasis to voting rights of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) and to create an inclusive discourse with that regard, ensuring that the popular disability related slogan ‘’’Nothing about us without us’’ is given its true meaning. To this effect, CMEV has been conducting a series of programs aimed at the realization of political / voting rights of PwDs, in parallel with both National level Elections held in 2015 as well.

As a part of the newest chapter of the said initiatives, the second consultative discussion was held on the 13th of January in partnership with the Election Commission of Sri Lanka and the Northern Province Consortium of Organization for Differently Abled (NPCODA). Key representatives of DPOs in Northern Province took part in this occasion.

The Additional Commissioner of the Election Commission of Sri Lanka Mr. Saman Ratnayake attended this event as the main resource person, representing the Election Commission. Mr. D.C. Aravindaraj, Assistant Commissioner and Mr. R.C. Amal Raaj, Assistant Commissioner attended representing District Election offices of Vavuniya and Kilinochchi respectively. National Co-ordinator of CMEV Manjula Gajanayake and Co-founder of Enable Lanka Foundation Janith Rukmal also addressed the gathering. The President of NPCODA Mr. V. Subramaniam was the facilitator of the event. The set of recommendations prepared by NPCODA in consultation with DPO’s in Northern Province, in order to facilitate voting rights of PwDs during the upcoming Local Government Election was handed over to the Assistant Election Commissioners of both Vavuniya and Kilinochchi districts.

Interactive Discussion on the Regulations of Campaign Finance and the Declarations of Asset and Liabilities in Elections- Trade Union Leaders meeting

Contributing to the ongoing discussion on electoral reforms, the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence organised a public discussion on the regulations of campaign finance in elections and on the declarations of asset and Liabilities. The discussion was held on 29th December 2016, at Renuka City Hotel, Colombo 03.

The discussion was organised by CMEV in partnership with PAFFREL and International IDEA and a number of Trade Union Activists and Leaders attended this event. The main objective of this event was to obtain ideas of trade union leaders. Executive Director of PAFFREL – Mr. Rohana Hettiarachchi, Attorney-At- Law –  Mr. Jagath Liyanarachchi and Human Rights Activist Mr. Shan Wijethunga were resource persons of the event.