INEC Provisions for people living with disabilities on election days in Nigeria

There are special provisions for people living with disabilities during elections in Nigeria and the electoral umpire Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Recalled in October 2018, the National Population Commission of Nigeria (NPC) estimated that no fewer than 19 million Nigerians are living with disabilities.

The Chairman of the Commission, Eze Duruiheoma (SAN), was quoted to have made the disclosure by Premium Times announced during the 73rd UN General Assembly General Discussion of Agenda 28 on Social Development at the UN headquarters in New York.

“As a result, government is implementing measures to promote and enhance the entrepreneurial skills of many of our 19 million Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).

“This is executed through training in various vocations and provision of relevant tools to enable them to embark on economic ventures of their choice.

“Furthermore, corporate organisations in Nigeria are encouraged to reserve two per cent of their vacancies to PWDs in support of the existing policy in the public sector.”

Below is the guideline of handling and treating people living with disabilities at polling units across Nigeria.

The presiding officer shall allow a voter who is visually impaired or blind or is unable to distinguish symbols or who suffers from any other physical disability to be accompanied into the Polling Unit/Voting Point Settlement/Voting Point and be assisted to vote by a person chosen by him/her, other than an election official, a polling agent or a security personnel on election duty.

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Visually impaired/blind registered voters may, where available, use the Braille Guide or magnifying glass.

Persons With Disability, visibly pregnant women and the aged, shall be granted priority access to voting at the Polling Units, Voting Point Settlements and Voting Points.

Report election offences to the INEC situation room on election day. The number to reach the situation room will be communicated to the public before the election day.

Take note of the above provisions for people living with disabilities on election days.

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