Population Statistics


Total Population


Population with a disability

according to World Health Organization’s 15% estimate

Election Dates

31 July 2009

Ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Law on the Election of Members of the Parliament (2000, last amended 2011)

Updated: June 2015

Article 72 states:

The voter who is not able to vote personally at the polling station (blind, disabled or illiterate person) shall have the right to bring a person who shall fill the ballot in the manner determined by him, that is, vote instead of him. The manner of voting of the voter referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article shall be recorded in the minutes.


Article 72a states:

The voter unable to vote at the polling station (persons unable or prevented from coming to the polling station) may inform the polling board whether he would like to vote, not later than 11 o'clock on the day of the voting. Three members of the expanded polling board, representing submitters of three different electoral lists and designated by the polling board, shall visit such a voter, confirm his identity and give him an official envelope, an officially stamped ballot, the general electoral list, the certificate of suffrage and a special envelope for the completed ballot; they shall also inform the voter of the voting procedure, and then leave the room in which the voter votes. After voting, the voter shall sign the certificate of suffrage, fold the ballot and place it in the special envelope, which shall then be stamped by members of the polling board with a seal on a sealing wax, after which they shall place the signed certificate of suffrage and the special envelope containing the ballot in the official envelope. Upon returning to the polling station, members of the polling board shall immediately hand over the official envelope to the remaining members of the polling board; the envelope shall then be opened by the polling board, the voter's ordinal number in the electoral roll extract shall be circled on the basis of the signed certificate of suffrage, and, finally, the sealed envelope shall be opened, and the folded ballot removed and inserted into the ballot box in such a way as not to reveal the vote cast by that voter. If the official envelope does not contain signed certificate of suffrage, the voter is deemed not to have voted.


Excerpts from the Law on the Election of Members of the Parliament (2000, last amended 2011)