Amina Zakari and Dr Ogunmola Ladipo

INEC Commits to Making Nigerian Elections Inclusive


Published: March 7, 2019, 3:24 p.m.

Access Nigeria can tie much of the progress made in the 2019 elections to a gathering of nearly 100 persons with disabilities held late last year.
At the gathering, all attendees agreed that INEC would provide:
• Braille ballot guides for blind voters
• Written instructions for deaf voters
• Priority voting for persons with disabilities
• Ballot boxes placed on flat surfaces for easy access
Access Nigeria organized the National Conference on PWD Participation on 4 December at Chelsea hotel in Abuja. The event marked the 2018 International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Groups that attended include: the Independent National Electoral Commission, Organizations of Persons with Disabilities and partners from the National Democratic Institute. The United States Agency for International Development and the British Department for International Development funded the event.
Dr. Adekunle L. Ogunmola, the INEC commissioner on the outreach and partnership committee, said that the commission consistently has worked to make the electoral process more inclusive. He called persons with disabilities “a critical component with a large voting figure that cannot be overlooked.
Access Nigeria is a campaign that aims to increase the participation of over 29 million disabled Nigerians in electoral processes.

By Janice Malachi