People with disabilities did not have an equal opportunity to cast their ballots in Lithuania's parliamentary elections last October as more than a half of the polling stations were not adapted for voting by the disabled, Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson Agneta Skardžiuvienė has found.

"It was established during our investigation that voting premises in only 699 out of 1996 polling stations in the first and run-off rounds of the elections were adapted for the needs of people with reduced mobility and those visually impaired," Skardžiuvienė said in her findings.

Sixty-five percent of all polling stations "failed to ensure the right of persons with disabilities to fully and efficiently participate in the first and run-off rounds of the elections on an equal basis with other persons," she said.

The ombudsperson has proposed that the Social Security and Labor Ministry should set up an inter-institutional working group to draft the necessary legislation to ensure the proper implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The first round of the parliamentary elections was held on October 9, followed by the run-off round two weeks later.

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