Population with a disabilityaccording to World Health Organization’s 15% estimate
Ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Section 98, subsection (3) states:
Where a person wishes to make a claim for enrolment, for transfer of enrolment or for age 17 enrolment and a registered medical practitioner has certified, in writing, that the person is so physically incapacitated that the person cannot sign the claim, another person may, on behalf of the person, fill out and sign the claim in accordance with the directions of the first-mentioned person.
Section 99, subsection (5) states:
(a) a person wishes to make a provisional claim for enrolment; and
(b) a registered medical practitioner has certified, in writing, that the person is so physically incapacitated that the person cannot sign the claim; another person may, on behalf of the person, fill out and sign the claim in accordance with the directions of the first-mentioned person.
Section 184A, subsection (2) states:
An application [for registration as a general postal voter] shall be made on one of the following grounds:…
Section 194 states:
The following requirements for postal voting shall be substantially observed…
Section 200E states:
(7) If the elector satisfies the officer that the elector cannot read or is so disabled as to be unable to vote without assistance, a person chosen by the elector may, according to the directions of the elector, do any of the following acts:
(8) Directions under subsection (7) may be given by reference to a how-to-vote card…
Section 200DL states:
(1) If the voter satisfies a voting officer that the voter cannot read or is so disabled as to be unable to vote without assistance, a person is chosen by the voter may, according to the directions of the voter, do any of the following acts:
(d) enter an unoccupied compartment of the voting place with the voter and mark the voter’s vote on the ballot paper;
(e) fold the ballot paper and deposit it in a ballot‑box.
(2) Directions under subsection (1) may be given by reference to a how‑to‑vote card.
(3) The other provisions of this Division have effect subject to this section.
Section 223 states:
In sections 224, 225 and 226, patient, in relation to a hospital, does not include a person attending the hospital as an out-patient.
Section 224 states:
(1) In this section, hospital means a hospital that is a polling place.
(3) When visiting the patient, the presiding officer shall:
(4) The visit to the patient shall be made between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on polling day or a day to which polling is adjourned.
(5) While the presiding officer is in the same room, ward or other place as the patient, this Act applies in relation to the taking of the vote of the patient as if the room, ward or place were part of a polling booth at a polling place.
(6) A polling booth at a hospital shall be attended by a polling official at all times when the presiding officer is absent from the booth for the purpose of visiting a patient.
Section 234 states:
(1) If any voter satisfies the presiding officer that his or her sight is so impaired or that the voter is so physically incapacitated or illiterate that he or she is unable to vote without assistance, the presiding officer shall permit a person appointed by the voter to enter an unoccupied compartment of the booth with the voter, and mark, fold, and deposit the voter’s ballot-paper. (1A) A presiding officer who is visiting a patient under section 224 or 225 for the purpose of taking the patient’s vote must explain to the patient the effect of subsection (1) of this section.
(2) If any such voter fails to appoint a person in pursuance of subsection (1) the presiding officer, in the presence of such scrutineers as are present, or, if there be no scrutineers present, then in the presence of:
(3) Without limiting the generality of subsection (2), a voter to whom that subsection applies may indicate to the presiding officer the manner in which the voter wishes the presiding officer to mark his or her ballot-paper by presenting to the presiding officer a statement in writing (which may be, or include, a how-to-vote card) that specifies the manner in which the ballot-paper is to be marked.
(4) Where subsection (1) applies in relation to an absent or provisional voter, the presiding officer shall:
Section 234A states:
(1) If the presiding officer at a polling place is satisfied that a voter is unable to enter the polling place because of physical disability, illness, advanced pregnancy or other condition, the presiding officer may allow the voter to vote outside the polling place, in close proximity to the polling place…
(5) If the voter also satisfies the presiding officer that he or she is unable to vote without assistance, the presiding officer may, with the voter’s consent, allow a polling official to mark and fold the voter’s ballot-paper.
Section 245, subsection (11) states:
If an elector is unable, by reason of absence from his or her place of living or physical incapacity, to respond to a penalty notice or to a notice under subsection (9) within the prescribed time, any other elector who has a personal knowledge of the facts may, subject to the regulations, respond to the notice within that time, and such response is to be treated as compliance by the first-mentioned elector with the notice.