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Mayors urged to provide barrier-free access to polling stations

The Central Election Commission (UVK) has called on mayors of Slovak towns and villages to ensure barrier-free access to polling stations so that disabled people and the elderly can take part in the second round of the presidential election this Saturday, ÚVK chairman Dušan Dugáček told the TASR newswire on April 2.

The Central Election Commission (UVK) has called on mayors of Slovak towns and villages to ensure barrier-free access to polling stations so that disabled people and the elderly can take part in the second round of the presidential election this Saturday, ÚVK chairman Dušan Dugáček told the TASR newswire on April 2.

According to ÚVK vice-chair Katarína Tóthová, barrier-free access has already been provided in Bratislava, but there are signs that certain towns haven't resolved the issue yet.

Voters can request to vote via a portable ballot box if they aren't able to come to polling stations due to a disability. Dugacek pointed out, however, that it is also necessary to understand those individuals who want to come and vote in person.

“It's a rather different feeling. You can have a Mass said at home, but it's entirely different in a church,” said Dugacek.

Dugacek added that failing to ensure barrier-free access to polling stations could be considered as obstructing the right to vote, but he conceded that the law doesn't deal directly with this area. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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