By Amarachukwu Okafor
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has held a one – day voter education and sensitization for visually impaired persons towards an inclusive governorship election in Anambra State.
The voter education and sensitization is to guide the visually impaired on voting procedures, INEC policy framework on election day activities and other factors caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a welcome remark, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Anambra State, Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji represented by the Head of Department, Voter Education and Publicity, INEC Anambra State, Mr Samuel Nimen said the visually impaired are relevant and have a right to be a part of the voting process, thus the plans being made to make the process easier.
Mr Nimen said that INEC intends on providing opportunity for all, encouraging everyone to participate in the election.
The Assistant Director INEC, Mrs Akayar Hambadoin represented by Head, Disability Unit, Gender and Inclusivity Department INEC, Abuja, Mrs Benny Oguejiofor said the Sensitization is to educate the visually impaired on the safe way to mark a ballot paper, understanding the ballot practical demonstration, and advised them to do away with self-doubt.
On her part, Assistant Director, Gender and Inclusivity Department INEC, Mrs Agnes Kareen, enlightened them on the need to adhere to Covid-19 protocols, urging them to be health cautious and look out for one another.
In a vote of thanks, the Chairman, Joint National Association of persons with disabilities, Anambra State Chapter, Comrade Ugochukwu Okeke, thanked INEC officials for having the best interest of persons with disabilities, assuring them of extending the knowledge to other members.
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