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INEC Pledges to making Kogi and Bayelsa Elections More Inclusive

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Published: June 28, 2019, 1:33 p.m.

Access Nigeria, has successfully gotten the Independent National Electoral Commission to commit itself to sustain and improve on its innovations in upcoming Kogi and Bayelsa gubernatorial elections.
At the gathering, over sixty attendees agreed that;

• INEC would build ramps and handrails at polling units.
• INEC would retain the braille ballot, Election Day written instructions and other innovations.
• INEC would work with persons with disabilities as ad hoc staff.
• INEC and Access Nigeria would collect data by types of disabilities.

Access Nigeria organized the quarterly round table on inclusive elections in Nigeria, to build on lessons learnt from the general elections and to improve on upcoming off-cycle elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states. The event held on 7 May, at Chelsea Hotel Abuja.

Groups that attended include the Independent National Electoral Commission, Organizations of Persons with Disabilities and partners from the National Democratic Institute. United States Agency for International Development and the British Department for International Development funded the event.

Hajiaya Amina Zakari the INEC commissioner on welfare committee said that the commission has learnt lessons from the conduct of the general elections and will make the Kogi and Bayelsa elections better. ‘This time we will begin ad hoc training and voter education in good time so that we can achieve our goal’ she said.

IFA executive director Grace Jerry expressed gratitude to INEC for providing assistive materials during the presidential elections. She also urged the commission and all attendees not to get tired in working to strengthen democracy in Nigeria.

Access Nigeria campaign works to ensure full participation of 30.1 million persons with disabilities in Nigeria’s electoral process.

By Janice Malachi