Disability inclusive elections in Africa: a systematic review of published and unpublished literature

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Virendrakumar, B, Jolley, E, Badu, E and Schmidt, E (2018). Disability inclusive elections in Africa: a systematic review of published and unpublished literature. Disability and Society. 33 (4), pp. 1-30. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2018.1431108
AuthorsVirendrakumar, B, Jolley, E, Badu, E and Schmidt, E
Abstract

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities underscores the equal right of persons with disabilities to participate in political life. However, in Africa they are often unable to exercise their right to vote. This study sought to systematically review available evidence on inclusive elections in Africa. Findings showed that although most African countries ratified disability-focused legislation and proclaimed equal opportunities, the implementation of the legislation varies across the continent. Barriers to political participation can occur at any electoral stage and can be broadly categorised into three groups: lack of education and financial resources; stigma and negative social attitudes; and inaccessible physical infrastructure.

KeywordsDisability; inclusive elections; barriers; Africa; systematic review
Year2018
JournalDisability and Society
Journal citation33 (4), pp. 1-30
PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN0968-7599
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2018.1431108
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Print21 Feb 2018
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Deposited26 Feb 2018
Accepted18 Jan 2018
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