Access Nigeria Election Observer Lauds INEC
Published: March 7, 2019, 2:46 p.m.
Former Miss Deaf Nigeria Queen Taibat Mohammed served as an election observer for the Access Nigeria campaign for three reasons.
First, she wanted to contribute to the development of Nigeria’s disabled community. Second, she wanted to gain experience in protecting people’s basic rights.
But her final reason was for herself and that of other deaf persons.
“I don’t want us to be denied the right to vote,” she said.
Inclusive Friends Association, through the Access Nigeria Campaign, registered dozens of people to observe and monitor the 2019 general elections. The observers received training on measures to look out for at the polling units, and how to fill and return the checklist provided to them.
Reports from observers will help Access Nigeria evaluate the extent to which INEC carried out the recommendations of the Disability Votes Audit Report. IFA Executive Director Grace Jerry said the success of the observations also will give IFA insight on its future advocacy strategies.
“While I feel excited by the improvements in the electoral system, INEC needs to sensitize the PWD community so that we can come out and participate confidently,” says Queen Taibat. “We are grateful to INEC and Access Nigeria.”