Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) , an NGO, has lauded the participation of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in the Kogi Governorship election, particularly in Kogi West Senatorial District election.
Mr. David Anyaele, Executive Director of the organization, said this in a statement released in Abuja, on Monday.
Anyaele also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the successful conduct of the elections in spite of the security challenges.
He said INEC ad-hoc staff and accredited election observers took a lot of risks by participating in the election in spite of the security challenges in the state.
“We deployed our observers and we have counted them; we thank God no one suffered any injury, and no one is missing.
“We commend INEC staff and PWDs for their resilience in the face of security uncertainty, we observed that many INEC staff and our observers had a share of more than they bargained for in the elections,’’ he said.
He lauded INEC for ensuring that voters with disabilities had minimal struggle to Polling Units (PUs), which according to him is in line with provisions of the National Disability Act.
According to him, in more than 120 PUs, only two used magnifying glasses, and that boldly printed instructional materials in Braille and Braille ballot guides were limited on the field.
“More than 80 percent of PUs visited had none of these materials. This is to the disadvantage of the blind, deaf and persons with albinism.
“This puts a question mark on the much talked about provisions for voters with disabilities.
“Our observers observed that majority of the PUs had no instruction materials that will help the deaf, no sign language interpreter was sighted in all the Pus,’’ he said.
Source: Nigerian Tribune