For information to be more accessible and attractive, we have worked hard to develop tailor-made information guides: audio and Braille versions, accessible to people with visual impairments, as well as an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand guide for persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities, a first for the Republic of Moldova, edited in Romanian, Russian and English. You can find them all here.
The way of developing these guides was a tough one. Together with the project partners, we have tested in focus groups with people with disabilities who know best how to present the information in a way that is meaningful to them.
As early as 2012, the UNDP supports efforts to increase the accessibility and inclusion of electoral processes, a fact known to us, those from civil society. In 2016, the Central Electoral Commission, with the support of UNDP, managed to equip all polling stations with template envelopes for ballot papers that allowed for secret and accessible voting of visually impaired people. At the same time, translation of the sign language at several polling stations where voters with hearing disabilities were registered. Also, since 2014, all CEC election day announcements, and since 2016, election video spots are accompanied by sign language translation, an experience acknowledged in the Europe and Central Asia region as one of the best practices. And, finally, people with disabilities can become electoral officials. For example, Iuliana and Nicolae want to become electoral officials for the 2019 parliamentary elections.