Persons with disabilities (PWDs) should fully participate in political and public life on an equal basis, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stated.
The commission’s national commissioner, who doubles as its chairman on outreach and partnership, Dr Adekunle Ladipo Ogunmola, said INEC takes seriously the rights of PWD’s to vote and equally be elected.
Ogumola, who spoke at a one-day meeting on the capturing of disaggregated data of PWDs in Nigeria organized by INEC in collaboration with International Foundation of Electoral System (IFES) on Tuesday in Kano revealed that the commission is expanding the electoral space with the intention to enhance the participation of marginalized groups in the electoral process.
He disclosed that the commission has developed a framework that will help PWD’s to enjoy wholesome participation in the electoral process.
He decried that in spite of the huge investments to improve on the participation of PWD’s in the electoral process, inclusive elections cannot be attained without the accurate data of PWD’s that are disaggregated by type.
“There is the need to capture the disaggregated data of PWD’s across the country, this will assist the commission towards knowing the concentration of voters with disabilities, number, gender and the type of assistive aid to procure and deploy,” he said.