Recent legal initiatives grant inclusion and advance the protection of electoral rights of persons with disabilities. Since 2009, Mongolia has been party to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
In 2012, The General Election Commission (GEC) has tried to provide the disabled with all possible opportunities to vote. This category accounts for 2.5 per cent of the population of Mongolia, of them 82 thousand are voting in the elections. To let all the disabled vote, the GEC implemented some suggestions put the Society for the Disabled, for example, allowing the disabled to skip queues in electoral sub-committees, installing for them magnifying glasses on the counting machines and others.
The 2016 Law on Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes their rights to political participation and compels political entities to make their campaign messages accessible to disabled persons, and to support their candidacy rights. Some political parties addressed issues related to disabilities in their campaign platforms and at some rallies. There was limited programming in the media tailored to advocate for the participation of disabled persons. One person with a disability competed in 2016 Election.
B. Khuder, Disabled People are Voting, http://www.mongoliaeconomy.com/disabled-people-are-voting/.
Statement of Preliminary Findings and Conclusions International Election Observation Mission Mongolia- Parliamentary Elections 29 June 2016, OSCE-ODIHR, Jun 30, 2016,