Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) under the aegis of Access Nigeria: Disability Votes Matter campaign have demanded a better deal and inclusion in governance.
They met in Abuja at the fourth edition of the “Access Nigeria Quarterly Roundtable on Inclusive Elections in Nigeria”.
During the meeting on Saturday, the group called for the immediate amendment of Section 56(2) of the Electoral Act as part of measures for better deals and inclusion in governance ahead of the forthcoming November 16th governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States.
The group in a communique after the meeting, also called for the immediate amendment of Section 56(2) of the Electoral Act.
In the communique jointly signed by Grace Jerry, Executive Director, Inclusive Friends Association (IFA) and Convener, Access Nigeria campaign; Isiyaku Adamu, President, National Association of the Blind; Ekaete Umoh, Chair, Disabled Peoples International (DPI) African Region and Barr Melody Omosah among others, the group also demanded that Section 56(2) of the Electoral Act be amended by the National Assembly to make it mandatory for INEC to provide PWDs voting materials to ensure relevant PWD voting materials are institutionalized.
Reports say the forum organised by IFA, USAID, NDI, UKaid and Access Nigeria is part of campaigns to make Nigeria’s elections more accessible and inclusive for the country’s estimated 30 million PWDs.
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