Persons with disabilities demand inclusion in voters registration
Africa, March 26 2017
ABUJA, NIGERIA: A coalition of persons with disabilities, under the aegis of the ‘Leave No One Behind: Disability Votes Count campaign’ has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to capture their data and special abilities.
The coalition in a statement jointly signed by executive director of the Inclusive Friends Association, Grace Jerry, and the executive director of Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), David Anyaele, explained that it was essential for INEC to have the database so as to plan effectively for the participation of persons with disabilities in the 2019 general election.
“Persons with disabilities face major barriers in their quest to participate in Nigeria’s electoral processes. Challenges related to accessibility of polling units and election materials and the unavailability of data on persons with disabilities, has left us marginalised, under-represented and excluded from the electoral process.”
According to the statement, the database will assist INEC to know the polling units where they must provide sign language interpretation or written instructions to explain election procedures to voters with disabilities.