KEEA Persons with Disabilities threaten to boycott elections

By
Afedzi Abdullah, GNA

Elmina (C/R), Sept. 17, GNA – Persons with
Disabilities (PWDs) in Komenda Edina-Eguafo Abrem (KEEA) District have
threatened to boycott the 2016 general election if nothing was done to address
their plight.

They said they have been unfairly treated by
successive governments because issues concerning them have always received
little or no attention.

Mr Kwamena Assifuah, Chairman of the Ghana
Society of the Physical Disabled in the KEEA District, said this at an election
engagement forum with PWDs in the district organised by the National Commission
for Civic Education (NCCE).

The forum, funded by the European Union (EU),
formed part of activities by the NCCE to deepen the interest of the electorate
in the coming Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

It was aimed at creating an atmosphere of
tolerance and civic responsibility and awareness of the voter on the need to
adopt the culture of tolerance to promote peace in the country.

The engagement focused on the right to vote,
voting properly to reduce spoilt ballots, voting steps, tolerance of divergent
political opinions and the do’s and don’ts during the elections.

Mr Assifuah said they have not received any
funds from the disability fund since 2012 and several demands for the
disbursement of the funds to its members has led to no success.

He said they were not satisfied with the
behavior of the Disability Management Committee and called for its
reconstitution to ensure equity.

“More often than not we do not know how much
money is paid into the disability fund and how it is disbursed”, he said.

Mr Assifuah said there were more than 3,500
PWDs in the area some of whom are engaged in farming and trading and did not
have resources to sustain their businesses.

Mrs Ellen Osei, Deputy Municipal Director of
NCCE in KEEA, said voting in an election was a civic responsibility and there is
no reason for electorates become reluctant to vote.

She said the genuine concerns of the PWDs
should not deprive them of their civic rights and urged them to go to the polls
on December 7 to cast their votes for their preferred candidates.

GNA

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