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Deaf Community Seeks Inclusiveness In 2023 Elections

The Deaf Community and other persons with disabilities want the Independent National Electoral Commission and other stakeholders to provide assistive devices and sign language interpreters to enable them participate during the general election.They made the call during a one day sensitization campaign for deaf women on voter education in Kuje Abuja.The Sensitization campaign was organized by a disability group Deaf Women Aloud Initiative with support from the United States Embassy to enlighten members of the disability community especially the deaf on the need to exercise their franchise.

The organiser, President Deaf Women Association, Mrs Helen Beyioku-Alase explained that the deaf community had in the past been faced with the challenge of interpreters during electioneering process.

Speaking through an interpreter, Mrs Beyioku-Alase said until stakeholders in the electoral system evolve measures to ensure the active participation of members, persons with disabilities would continue to be left out.

She called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, security agencies and other stakeholders to provide the necessary facilities for an inclusive electoral process.

On her part, the Senior Program Officer on election Yiaga Africa, Anthonia Onda acknowledged the various challenges encountered by members of the disability community in previous elections expressed optimism that with the innovations introduced by INEC, most of the challenge would be resolved in the forthcoming general election.

Some of the participants said the enlightenment programme has motivated them to vote candidates of their choice during the election.

They also called on security agencies to provide adequate security for all Nigerians.

No fewer than one hundred persons with disabilities participated in the programme.

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