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Albino foundation advocates signing of Electoral Law

Chief Executive Officer, Albino Foundation Jack Epelle has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Electoral Law to pave way for free and fair elections come 2023.

Mr Epelle who made the appeal at a workshop aimed at encouraging persons with disabilities to participate in politics in the country, said signing the bill would prevent the likelihood of a postponement of the upcoming general elections.

According to him, the bill was long overdue for passage.

Mr Epelle explained that the workshop was aimed at ensuring respect and equal rights for people with disabilities and to also encourage them to actively participate in politics especially at the grassroots.

The Chief Executive Officer urged state governments that were yet to domesticate the persons with disabilities law to do so in the interest of social justice and change in societal attitude towards people with disabilities.

In a remark, representative of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) in Sokoto State, Alh. Usman Muha’d called on political parties to provide modalities that would encourage the participation of people with disabilities in politics in the country.

He added that in line with the commission’s vision and mission, INEC had taken measures that would ease the participation of people with disabilities in politics as well as cast their votes.

Reporting by Nasiru Malali; editing by Muzha Kucha