All-rights Foundation Africa on Saturday noticed that the Independent National Electoral Commission deployed insufficient assistive instruments at polling items for Persons with Disabilities within the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections.
The Chief Executive Officer, TAF Africa, Jake Epelle, declared this through the group’s Mid-Day Situation Report on the March 18 elections.
TAF Africa, funded by the European Union by means of its Support for Democratic Governance in Nigeria, deployed 340 observers and an election observer app and instruments to offer actual-time info on the participation of PWDs.
The Foundation based mostly its findings on experiences from 228 polling items which have been analysed at 1:00pm.
Epelle acknowledged that election officers arrived on the polling items on time however quite a lot of PWDs couldn’t correctly vote due to low assistive instruments.
He mentioned, “In the polling items noticed, TAF Africa observers famous the early arrival of INEC officers at polling items. Our findings reveal that out of the 228 polling items noticed, 91 per cent of them recorded early arrival of INEC officers and 68% of voting graduation.
“On accessibility, TAF Africa observers reported the accessibility of polling items at 94% of polling items noticed, whereas precedence voting was noticed in 76% of polling items.
“TAF Africa observed the inadequate deployment of assistive tools at polling units. From the observed polling units, 75% had no braille ballot guides for the visually impaired, 87% had no magnifying glasses for persons with Albinism and 63% had no large font graphic posters for the deaf.”
The Foundation nevertheless urged INEC “to investigate reasons for the inadequate deployment of assistive tools to polling units with registered persons with disabilities, which can disenfranchise them.”
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