INEC Commits to Making Elections in Nigeria Inclusive.
Published: Feb. 7, 2019, 2:13 p.m.
Access Nigeria on December 4th 2019 gathered close to a hundred persons with disabilities (PWDs) from across Nigeria to ensure that INEC makes the 2019 general elections inclusive.
The Access Nigeria team brought together officials from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDS) and partners from the National Democratic Institute (NDI), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the British Department for International Development (DFID), to get INEC commit to making available the braille ballot guide for the blind voters and the election day written instructions (Form 30D PWD) for the deaf voters. Also, the commission was made assure that ballot boxes will be placed on flat surfaces for easy access to those with physical disabilities and to ensure priority voting is given to all persons with disabilities (PWDs) across Nigeria.
Dr Adekunle L. Ogunmola who is the INEC commissioner on outreach and partnership committee said,” the commission has consistently work to improve the electoral process and making it more inclusive”. “Besides persons with disabilities are not just stakeholders in the electoral process, but a critical component with a large voting figure that cannot be overlooked”.
Ogunmola says the commission will not only enhance the participation of persons with disabilities but will also portray the commission as an Election Management Body (EMB) that meets the aspiration of citizens in line with international best practices.
The National conference on PWD participation in 2019 general elections is another initiative undertaken by Access Nigeria to promote the full inclusion and participation of over 29 million disabled Nigerians. The conference was attended by INEC official, partners from the USAID, UKAID and JONAPWD.