France last week announced that all people with disabilities are to be granted the right to vote, as reported by Human Rights Watch.

Credit: Benoît Prieur (Agamitsudo) - CC-BY-SA

Credit: Benoît Prieur (Agamitsudo) – CC-BY-SA

Previously, France’s Article 5 of France’s Electoral Code has allowed judges to prevent people who have been assigned a guardian from voting, which is most likely to affect someone who has a disability.

France’s State Secretary for Persons with Disabilities, Sophie Cluzel has said however that people with disabilities who have a guardian should not be prevented from voting.

Cluezel said: “Our French legislation cannot on the one hand assert that people with disabilities are citizens like any other, and on the other hand take away from them the most emblematic attribute of citizenship.”

A previous appeal in January 2017 came from the French National Consultative Commision on Human Rights, who called for the appeal of Article 5 – a move that was backed by the United Nations expert on the rights of people with disabilities, Catalina Devandas-Aguilar.