2019: Foundation seeks INEC support for albinos

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The Albino Foundation has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure full participation of Albinos and People With Disabilities (PWDs) in the 2019 general election.

Mr Jakes Epelle, the President of the foundation made the call during a courtesy visit on Mr Segun Agabaje, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Osun state on Thursday in Osogbo.

He said the visit was to identify key departments in INEC that the foundation needed to partner with to ensure that resources were made available to carry along PWDs and Albinos during the general election.

Epelle, who commended INEC for carrying people with disabilities along in its processes, called for more synergy that would ensure PWDs were not disenfranchised.

He also commended the commission for being pro-active in developing frame work and electoral processes that could lead to a free and fair election.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the state Joint National Association of People With Disabilities (JONAPWD) , Mr Kehinde Onitiju, appreciated the REC for his love towards the physically challenged persons in the state.

Onitiju urged INEC to create a special desk for PWDs especially during the election.

He, however, called on political parties to always carry along PWDs in their activities.

Agbaje, in his response, said the commission would not relent in supporting the PWDs for the good of the electoral processes.

The REC called for more enlightenment campaign among the PWDs and promised that every issue raised would be technically addressed.

Agbaje said the commission would also consider some challenges faced by the PWDs in the last governorship election the state and made the necessary amendments towards the coming general election. (NAN)

– Dec. 13, 2018 @ 19:29 GMT |

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