Wheelchair-bound voters have accused the government of failing to make arrangements to ensure polling stations are accessible by the disabled. Lawmaker Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung urged the government to ensure that all polling stations for September's Legislative Council election had access for the disabled. Wheelchair user Yu Wai-keung said he had given up trying to vote because of the difficulties getting into his local polling station. 'I did not want to make trouble for others,' he said. 'It was too troublesome for me and the staff of the polling station. But this is my right. I want to be a responsible citizen too.' Dr Cheung said the Registration and Electoral Office had refused to meet representatives of groups for the disabled to discuss arrangements to make it easier for them to cast their ballots. Mr Yu said that if the government did not make polling stations more accessible, it would deprive people in wheelchairs of the right to vote. Mr Yu, 46, has faced the same problem every time he tried to vote - his polling station, the Chinese YMCA's Tsuen Wan Centre in Luk Yeung Sun Chuen, is reached by climbing 60 steps. 'I cannot get into the polling station without the help of at least three people,' he said. 'It takes roughly half an hour to reach the entrance to the polling station.' There was no other way of accessing the polling station and no arrangements had been made to help the disabled, he said. Despite filing complaints to district councillors about the poor arrangements at the polling station, Mr Yu said no improvements had been made. The government has said 57 per cent of the 501 polling stations used for the 2004 Legco election had access for the disabled. Dr Cheung plans to ask the government in the Legislative Council today whether it will increase the number of wheelchair-accessible polling stations for this year's election.