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Nigeria to provide braille ballots for voters with vision disabilities

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Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday said it would provide braille ballots to guide voters with vision disabilities in governorship election in Edo State.

Mahmoud Yakubu, chairman of INEC, said this in Benin City during an expanded stakeholders’ meeting organised by the commission.

The meeting had in attendance the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, chairpersons of the 14 participating political parties in the election and their candidates, civil society organisations, among others.

Mr Yakubu said the commission would be deploying magnifying glasses and braille ballot guides to assist persons who need it so as to vote unaided.

“As in previous elections, the Commission is deploying magnifying glasses and braille ballot guides to assist people with vision disabilities  to vote unaided. Earlier, the commission translated and published its policy of conducting elections in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the Voters’ Code of Conduct into braille to ensure greater awareness and effective participation of all citizens in the electoral process irrespective of disability,” Mr Yakubu said.

He assured the people of Edo that their votes would count in the September 19 governorship election, adding that it is the people’s choice that would determine the outcome of the election.

 

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