The Indonesian General Elections Commission (KPU) will be sued by several associations for the blind grouped under “Forum of Contesting Blind” over the absence of braille templates for blind voters in the legislative elections 2014. “We will fight the injustice, what the KPU has done against blind voters. We will file a lawsuit against the KPUs decision of not providing braille templates for us,” Suhendar, the forums chairman, said here on Tuesday. The lawsuit will be filed in the Constitution Court or the State Administrative Court (PTUN).
A decision to provide escorts for blind voters at polling stations is a denial of their right to vote in privacy, secrecy and directly, he said.
It also violated the principles of independence and equality for people with disabilities, he added.
According to him, there is an indication that certain parties want to direct blind voters when casting the ballots, by providing someone to accompany them. “The provision of braille templates during the general elections 2014 is a must,” he noted.