IFA among the consortium of Civil Society Organizations demonstrated on Tuesday, February 22 2022 in the capital city Abuja, demanding President Mohammadu Buhari sign a bill that aims to improve transparency, inclusion and planning for national elections.
More than 500 participants from various civil society groups chanted as they converged at the Unity Fountain Tuesday in Abuja.
The consortium demanded President Mohammadu Buhari sign into law a bill that would promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the voting process, early release of funds for elections, and would authorize the electronic transmission of election results among other provisions.
IFA’s Executive Director Grace Jerry at the protest speaking on behalf of the citizens with disabilities and the organizations of persons with disabilities says the new bill will make elections more organized, inclusive, and accessible for persons with disabilities if signed into law.
“There are more than 30 million Nigerians living with disabilities”. Election after election, people with disabilities have to surmount whatever challenge it is to vote,”
“President Buhari, in case you do not know, people with disabilities had to crawl on the ground because of inaccessible polling units. To vote for you, people who are blind had to rely on somebody to vote and could not experience the secret ballot process.”