The most common definition of democracy says it’s a «government of the people, by the people, for the people ». People here means everyone and not only some people. Thus, democracy necessarily requires the implication of the entire population. Unfortunately, in practice, because of some contingencies it’s not easy for the whole population to participate in the management of public affairs. Voting is the usual means of participation in the management of public affairs but some groups of the society, including people with disabilities, have difficulties to get involved in the election process.

With the support of different actors - in particular the international charity Sightsavers, more than 30 000 persons with disabilities should be now on the electoral enrolment form. But as a result of ignorance, lack of motivation and familiarity, they are not rushing to get their voter cards. Most of them, precisely because of their disability, are not aware of all the actions that need to be done to be granted a voter card. Though, we are now only a few days away from the legislative and local elections which will be held on September 30th.

The program of civic education is a logical follow up to what has been done in terms of inscription on electoral enrolment forms and collection of biometric card, and it could provide insights into the importance for disabled people of getting involved in this process. All over the country, in polling stations, we have seen numerous disabled people voting, being observers and even local presidents. This massive participation will for sure encourage a larger implication of disabled people in the future.

In order to succeed in calling up and raising awareness among disabled people and public opinion, a press luncheon concerning the civil participation of disabled people was organized, attended by mass media, political parties and people with disabilities.