In Abuja, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) Mahmood Yakubu,
People Living With Disabilities (PLWD) will no longer be disenfranchised as provisions have been made for them to be able to exercise their franchise in the 2019 polls.
INEC gave the assurance at a programme in Abuja, yesterday, tagged “Release of Research Findings in the Mapping the Needs of Persons with Disabilities for 2019 General Elections”, organized by the European Union, EU, INEC, Cleen Foundation and Centre for Citizens with Disabilities. Speaking at the presentation, Deputy Director, Civil Society Organisations Division of Voter Education Department, INEC, Mrs. Lakumia Bello, said the Commission had made necessary provisions that would aid the PLWD in the voting process.
“Persons with disabilities stand a chance to vote because the Commission has been working assiduously to see that Persons with disabilities will participate in the elections. Over the years, we have been working on a framework which was presented to the public. We have been working on the objective of the framework which is to improve in the participation of persons with disabilities in the electoral process. “We have been working with the umbrella body of persons with disabilities, such as Centre for Persons with disabilities, identifying challenges they are having in the electoral process, presenting their report. “We have been working together to see that challenges identified, especially the lack of data and it one of the ways that persons with disabilities participations will be improved”.
This assurance and steps towards enabling the PLWD to exercise their voting rights will make the 2019 polls more credible and all enfranchising.