Nigeria

INEC trains 60,000 people living with disabilities

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has trained more than 60,000 people living with disabilities in Adamawa State towards the forthcoming general elections.

Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Kassim G. Gaidam, said as a responsive Electoral Management Body (EMB), it was in order to train the people living with disabilities so that they will participate in the elections.

He said the Commission has put in a framework for access and participation of (PWDs) where all citizens will be involved in the process, including those with disabilities, to be actively involved in the elections.

He said the Commission recognises the rights of all the people according to the 1948 Article 1 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights to be free and vote people of their choice.

Gaidam said other visually-impaired voters would be provided with magnifying glasses to enable them vote, adding that there would be separate queues for all PWDs and weak people at all polling units, as well simultaneously continue accreditation and voting, using Smart Card Readers to authenticate voters.

He said PWDs will be given three ballot papers customized by colors to be cast in matching boxes, red for Senate, Green for House of Representatives and black for President.

He urged the PWDs to stay at a reasonable distance after voting and not to engage in violence.

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