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Society for Special Persons Dialogue on Election 2013 With the Support of SPO

Society for Special Persons Dialogue on Election 2013 With the Support of SPO

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This is combined activity of SSP and SPO in Pakistan
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 ACCESSIBLE PAKISTAN 
 
Report
Dialogue on Election 2013
Political Rights of Persons with Disabilities
 Access of voters with Disabilities’
Reserve Seats in Parliament
 
Reported by Fahad Bilal (Program Manager)Society for Special Persons, Multan.
 
Election 2013Political Rights of Persons with Disabilities
 ACCESSIBLE PAKISTAN 
 
 Activity TitleDialogue on Election 2013Political Rights of Persons with Disabilities
 
Date 10
th
April, 2013 Time: 12:00 PM- 03:00pm PST
 
Venue Taj Continental, Multan
 
Facilitated byOrganized by Society for Special Persons, supported byStrengthening Participatory Organization (SPO).
 
Representativesfrom PoliticalParties & ElectionCommission o f Pakistan.Ishfaq sarver (Regional officer Election Commission Pakistan,Zahid Iqbal(District officer Election Commission Pakistan), AliQasim, son of Ex. Prime Minister Syed Youaf Raza Gillani
(Pakistan People’s Party
-PPP), Nafees Ahmad Ansari (PakistanPeople Party), Mohsin Shaheen (Jamat e Islami), ShahidMehmood Khan (Pakistan Tahreek Insaf), Saleem Ansari(Mustakbil Pakistan), Muhammad Saleem Raja (PPP), Ameer AliQureshi (Pakistan Muslim League-N), Muhammad Hussain Babar(Nizame Mustafa Party).Representativesfrom NGOs, INGOs,Stakeholders,Media, DisabledPeople organization(DPOs), andPersons withDisabilities.Shahnawaz Khan (Program Specialist SPO), Mrs Sadiqa Karamat  Ali (Board member Society for Special Persons ), Zahida Hameed(SPO), Lion Muhhammad Afzl Sipra (SOCIETY FOR SPECIALPERSONS BODs Member), Syed Ajaz Ahmad Shah (ChairmanBODs),South Asia Pakistan (SAP-PK), MOJAZ Foundation, Bedari,Women Rights Association, Paidar Development organization,Multan Civil Society Network, Khalid Qureshi (President TradersMultan, Aghe Pakistan,, Peace &Development Foundation, ImranKomal(Daily Express), Sadia Tabasum (Ravi News), Mehwish(APP News), Rokia Neem (Daily Khabrain), Sabir (PakistanTelevision), Multan Deaf Association,, Nadir Khan (Vice-President-Society for Special Persons), Asif Iqbal(GS-Society forSpecial Persons), Rana Arif, Fahad Bilal, Yasir Hameed, peoplewith Disabilities member of Society for Special Persons.
 
Background:
ACCESS TO POLITICAL
RIGHTS”
is one of the basic human rights and every state is bound toprovide execution of political rights to her citizens. SOCIETY FOR SPECIAL PERSONS is workingwith all political parties at District, Provincial & National level for the improvement of politicalconditions exclusively for Persons with Disabilities. As discrimination level is much high &unfortunately ignored by concern authorities, like no participation of PWDs in our parliament,low turnout of (PWD) voters in election process and so on. To improve current situation
 
Election 2013Political Rights of Persons with Disabilities
 ACCESSIBLE PAKISTAN 
 
SOCIETY FOR SPECIAL PERSONS organized
Dialogue on Election 2013, Political Rights of Persons with Disabilities
” 
 
with the support of Strengthening Participatory Organizationon 10
th
April, 2013 at Taj Continental, Multan, where representatives from Election Commissionof Pakistan and Political Leaders from the all political parties were invited to discuss the issuesregarding the unfelt and ignored International Standards in Election Observation and PoliticalRights of persons with Disabilities being the half of the total Population including their familiesas they are directly attached with the person with disability. It is worth mentioning here thatthe persons with disabilities from the Punjab Province were present in a large number includingNGOs and INGOs representatives across the country. The proceedings of the conference wereinitiated in the formal and participatory manner, after Recitation from the Holy Quran.
Rationale
 
There are
1000 million persons with disabilities worldwide
(15% with additional 25%)
 
Major accomplishments on disability focus on health or social welfare concerns of persons with disabilities and little the mainstreaming in legislation and political rights
Proceedings of Conference
Ceremony was started with the recitation of “Holy Quran”
by Hafiz Naveed Iqbal and after recitationAysha Iqbal said Naat. Nadir Khan (vice president society for special persons) welcomed all theparticipants.Then Mr. Nadir Khan (vice president society forspecial persons) requested Mr. Fahad Bilal topresent his presentation on Political Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Election 2013.Fahad Bilal (Programme Manager- Society forSpecial Persons) delivered a multimediapresentation to the audience in which hedescribed the objective of the Dialogue. Aresearch study and its findings were included inthat presentation.

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