INEC calls on Nigerians to support people with special needs during elections.

By Fatima Sadiq

Independent national electoral commission Gombe State has called on Associations involved with persons with special needs to provide the Commission with adequate information for a successful Election.

The public relations officer of the Commission, Mr. Mohorred Emmanuel made the call during a one-day interactive session organized by Cedar Seed foundation for Women Journalists in Gombe, on the significance of including citizens with special needs in the electoral process, held at Amina Hall in Gombe.

Mr. Mohorret Emmanuel said the commission needs more information on persons with special needs such as the specific type of need and a registered polling unit to provide them with the necessary facilities and information for people with special needs and have access to cast their votes without many difficulties.

The INEC PRO explained that the commission’s staff have been adequately trained as it takes the issues of inclusion seriously to enable them to give every citizen their right to vote as provided by law.

Mr. Moharret added that the commission is also calling on Nigerians on the need to help and protect the rights of persons with special. needs to be given priority during elections and in public places.

Speaking during the interactive session, the Chairperson, of the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ Gombe state, Talatu Lamon, said, the association decided to partner with Ceder Seed foundation to contribute their quota as women to help solve the challenges people living with special needs are facing with electoral processes.

Also speaking the program officer of the foundation, Mr john Jesse said, it has become necessary for society to help educate itself on the need to include persons with Disabilities in everything they do and to make sure people with special needs are helped during the election.

The foundation, Cedar seed, is a nongovernmental organization with the mission of providing services that support persons with disabilities by mainstreaming their issues into the national development agenda, the program has in attendance representatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Gombe state Ministry of Women Affair, INEC, African Disable Support Foundation, and Women Journalist amongst others.

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