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General News of Sunday, 19 March 2023


Despite N305 billion election budget, INEC deploy inadequate assistive tools for PWDs

Mahmood Yakubu Mahmood Yakubu

TAF Africa reeled out this submission during its mid-day election report press briefing attended by at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

The board chairman of TAF Africa, Prof. Vincent Anigbogu, disclosed that reports from their team of well-trained observers revealed that INEC deployed inadequate assistive tools in polling units.

He said: "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.”

Meanwhile, TAF Africa, in its recommendation, urged INEC to investigate the reasons behind the deployment of inadequate assistive tools for persons with disabilities (PWDs).

Prof Anigbogu, said: "The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should investigate the reason for the inadequate deployment of assistive tools to polling units with registered persons with disabilities, which can disenfranchisement.