Bill passed to fund election candidates with disabilities

NZ Parliament

A bill has been passed to fund election candidates with disabilities. The bill will establish a fund to help support disabled general and local election candidates. The bill to fund election candidates with disabilities has passed its final reading which means it will become law. This means the Electoral Commission will administer a fund to cover disability-related costs of candidates standing in NZ elections. This could include interpreters, transcribing and accommodation and transport costs. For more information, read this article from Radio New Zealand.

Green MP Chloe Swarbrick took over the bill from previous MP Mojo Mathers. She said “It’s not just the general and by-election candidates that are going to be affected here but also the people in the audience. If we don’t consider accessibility from the fundamental perspective of those who are running then we are also not going to be addressing those are trying to participate as citizens either.”

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