The Albino Foundation TAF, has called on the community of People With Disabilities to come out enmass and exercise their franchise without fear of insecurity.
The Executive Director of TAF Mr Jake Epelle, while briefing Journalists in Abuja, ahead of Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections, also advised electorates to vote PWDs candidates across board.
Mr Epelle who maintained that central to expectations of the elections is the outcry for a better inclusion of Nigeria’s population of PWDs, said the election presented Nigerians and the community of PWDs with the opportunity to fully participate.
“INEC for the first time would deploy well over 20,000 magnifying glasses, braille ballot papers for the blind, and also there are posters for our community of persons who are deaf. We are glad to mention that there will be priority voting as mandated by the Electoral Act Section 54 (subsection 1,2)”.
The Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, James Christoff, commended TAF Africa for championing the cause of PWDs, and assured the foundation of their continued support.
Also speaking the European Union Ambassador to Nigeria Ms Samuela Isopi also promised to walk with TAF on inclusivity and give more support to PWDs.
Reporting by Julian Osamoto