2023 polls: 250 PWDs-observers deployed to FCT, Lagos, and Ondo, others

A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Inclusive Friends Association (IFA)-led vote-Ability Campaign, has deployed 250 persons with disabilities (PWDs) observers to measure the deployment of PWD assistive materials, usage of PWD voter assistive materials, accessibility to and of the internal layout of polling units.

Its executive director and convener, Grace Jerry, said this Friday in Abuja while briefing newsmen at its pre-election conference.

She said the 250 PWDs voters were spread across the following states: Ondo, Osun, Ekiti, Lagos, Oyo and Ogun for the South-west; Kaduna, Kano, Jigawa, Zamfara and Sokoto for the North-west; Plateau for the North-central; Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba, for the North-east; Edo, Delta, Bayelsa for the South-south; Anambra, Abia for the South-east and the FCT.

She said, “According to the Commission’s report, 21,165 magnifying glasses will be provided for persons with albinism and low vision, 8,117 Braille ballots for blind voters who are able to read Braille; and 6,167 EC30E PWD posters (a pictorial election instruction for deaf voters and other electorates).

“The vote-Ability is a disability rights movement led by Inclusive Friends Association (IFA) for Nigeria’s 30 million persons with disabilities (PWDs).

“The goal of the Campaign is to increase the participation of PWDs in Nigeria’s political and electoral processes and ensure the full implementation of the 2022 electoral Act, as amended.”

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