Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has introduced sign language and written instruction in order to carry people with special needs along.
Speaking during the public presentation of the INEC Framework on Access and Participation of Persons with Disabilities ( PWDs) in the electoral process, the National Commissioner and Chairman, Outreach and Partnership Committee (OPC) Dr. Adekunle Ladipo said the innovation will help.
“The commission introduced some innovations, such as written instruction at the polling units to enhance the participation of the hearing impaired, sign language interpreters in major events,” Ladipo said adding that these will improve collaboration with stakeholders and state collation centres.
“This framework will not only enhance the participation of PWDs in all areas of the Electoral Process but also portray the Commission as an Election Management Body (EMB) that meets the aspirations of citizens in line with international best practices.”
“As you all are aware, the laudable task of enhancing the participation of PWDs and other stakeholders in the Electoral Process cannot be borne by INEC alone. All stakeholders have their contributions to make. We are pleased that so far you have acknowledged this by committing your time and resources to this project.
The Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD), Political Parties, Civil Society Organisations and other stakeholders have been on this journey with us,” Ladipo said.
He said the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has been a dependable ally in that direction adding that INEC appreciates their contribution and assistance towards the development and public presentation of the framework, which is consolidating and deepening democracy in Nigeria.
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