ELECTION: CCD ADVOCATES FOR IMPROVED DATA CAPTURING OF PWDs IN NIGERIA
The Executive Director of Centre for Citizens with Disabilities, Mr. David Anayaele has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to adopt the use of Disability Capturing sensitive machines in capturing the data of eligible voters with Disabilities in the country.
David Anyaele, who made the call during Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room Dialogue Session with the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu in Abuja, stated that the machine will not only help the commission to adequately collate the data of eligible Nigerians with disabilities but would also aid the commission in its planning as well as ensure an all –inclusive society where no one is left behind during electioneering processes in the country. I
In his reaction, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, revealed that the commission has already adopted a means to capture Persons with Disabilities according to their disability type. He however said that the provision so far, only caters for new entries that do not include the PWDs among the 17 million Nigerians that had already been captured before now.
The INEC Boss who was at the event to speak on the commission’s preparedness towards the November 18 Anambra Gubernatorial Election, revealed that Anambra is peaceful without any pending case in court as a result of the upcoming election and also stressed that the commission is fully prepared for the election as adequate logistics have been put in place.
While revealing that so far, 37political parties have been confirmed by the commission as eligible to participate in the election, Prof. Yakubu, also stated that Six Thousand and Two Hundred Smart Card Readers will be released for INEC election.
Other areas highlighted by the Chairman include, the plan to test run E-collation of result in Sokoto and Anambra Elections, provision of posters with specimen of logos of political parties to guide voters, plan by the commission to conduct a By-election in Idemili North to replace a deceased lawmaker, improved voter education, recruitment and training of adhoc staff among others.
Earlier, the convener of the forum, Clement Nwankwo who is the Executive Director of PLAC and Convener Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, thanked the Chairman of INEC for making out time from his busy schedule to share the commission’s level of preparedness for the upcoming election with Civil Society Organizations who he said hopes for a free, fair and credible election in Anambra State.