The UNDP is supporting the disabled in the election, fearing
that in polls past they have not been encouraged to choose their
Through cooperation with the Cambodian Disabled People's
Organization, the UNDP provided training Tuesday to 50 disabled people from 10
provinces, who are then expected to return home and educate other disabled
about the importance of voting.
Aimee Brown, a spokeswoman for the UNDP, said Tuesday the
training not only urged the disabled to vote, but also provided them awareness of
democracy and their role in society.
This is the first such training under support of the UNDP.
Ngin Saorath, executive director of the Cambodian Disabled
People's Organization, said Tuesday that many disabled have forgotten their
value in society. There is little encouragement, and they are prone to silence
as the election approaches, he said.
Leng Sokhorn, a 23-year-old from Prey Veng province who was
born without fingers, said most of the disabled in her province would not go to
vote, especially women, who tend toward despondency and believe they have no
Landmines, war injuries, disease and accidents have produced
more than 600,000 disabled, between 4 percent and 5 percent of the population.
The National Election Committee will provide assistants at
polling stations to help disabled voters caste their ballots. The NEC has
also created a special ballot for the blind.