Nigerians With Disabilities Seek Inclusion In Electoral Process
At a forum organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for political parties and persons with disabilities, participants with disabilities complained that political parties had made promises in the past elections which were forgotten soon after the polls.
However, the Electoral body had promised to ensure that they were not disenfranchised during the polls, with the chairman of INEC saying the electoral body had made adequate arrangements for them to participate.
As part of activities leading to the 2015 general elections, the INEC had been organising forums to sensitise Nigerians on the polls.
This time it was a meeting between political parties and persons with disabilities to discuss their participation in political activities.
Political parties, one after the other reeled out laudable programmes, indicating how had carried persons with disabilities along.
For the persons with disabilities, all seem to be talk and no action. They said it was a normal tactics employed by political parties during elections and would be forgotten after the polls.
It is expected that the meeting would ensure that Nigerians with disabilities are not disenfranchised in next month’s polls and subsequent elections.