EC to assist PWD's during polls


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The Electoral Commission (EC) would provide tactile ballot jackets at all designated polling stations to help persons with visual impairment to vote independently

By Joyce
Danso, GNA

Accra Sept. 22, GNA – The Electoral Commission
(EC) would provide tactile ballot jackets at all designated polling stations to
help persons with visual impairment to vote independently.

This would ensure secrecy of their ballot and
guarantee their preferred choice of candidates during the polls.

The Commission is also working that
inaccessible polling station are located at level grounds for easy access to
all voters.

She has therefore urged Persons with
Disability (PWD’s) not hesitate to approach the Commission with the lists of
known inaccessible polling stations for redress.

Mrs Abigail Nutakor, the Head of Gender and
Disability of the Commission, said at the Ghana for Peace Summit held in Accra
on theme: “The Disability Community and the Need for Peace.”

The summit organised by Here for Perfection
(H4P), a non-governmental organisation, committed to promoting the interest of
persons with disability in Ghana.

Mrs Nutakor said the EC has also redesigned
the voting booth by reducing the height to enable wheel chair users to easily
cast their ballots.

“The EC will ensure the facilitation of
accreditation for PWD’s who are often part of the domestic observers groups,”
she added.

Touching on proxy voting, Mrs Nutakor said: “A
PWD who may not be able to appear at the polling station to cast a ballot has
the opportunity to appoint a proxy to vote on his or her behalf. District
Electoral Officers will facilitate the process for all PWDs.”

The Head of Gender and Disability hinted that
the Commission, donors and other stakeholders would be organising sensitisation
programmes to inform PWDs and to also enable them secure the needed responses
on issues concerning elections that they were not conversant with.

She appealed to PWD’s, who are knowledgeable
about the electoral process, to educate their colleagues so that they do not
become handicapped.

GNA

JOY/C


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