ERIC Number: EJ983733
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
The Voting Rights of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: Reflections on the Arguments, and Situation in Kenya and England and Wales
Redley, M.; Maina, E.; Keeling, A.; Pattni, P.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, v56 n11 p1026-1035 Nov 2012
Article 29 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities guarantees equality of political rights, including the right to vote and stand for election. The affirmation of these rights, first guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, raises an important question given the long-standing association between political rights and beliefs concerning the abilities of citizens to reason and act independently: how and to what degree can people identified as having intellectual disabilities participate in a defining act of the democratic process? Focused specifically on the right to vote, this paper addresses the question by (1) introducing the debates that have surrounded the voting rights of this population; and (2) reporting on recent attempts in Kenya, and in England and Wales, to promote voting by people with intellectual disabilities. It concludes by considering the effectiveness of the different approaches these countries have adopted.
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Identifiers - Location: Kenya; United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)