- The Access Nigeria Campaign has been observing the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise in Anambra state
- The group is observing the CVR process to document the experience of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs)
- The campaign has now made recommendations that will assist INEC to make future CVR processes more accessible for PWDs
Awka - The Inclusive Friends Association (IFA) led Access Nigeria Campaign has made recommendations that will assist the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) make future Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) processes more accessible for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).
The recommendations were made after the campaign began observing the exercise on Wednesday, August 11.
Legit.ng lists the recommendations below:
1. The provision of mobile ramps at the registration centers to aid the mobility of PWDs who are on wheelchairs. Alternatively, the registration points in the centers should be located in areas that do not have staircases as this will immediately eliminate the difficulty faced by PWDs who use crutches or wheelchairs.
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Additionally, the internal layout of all registration centers should be made spacious enough for all categories of PWDs to move freely without barriers during the CVR.
2. The provision of PWD-specific instruction posters will assist hearing-impaired registrants and other PWDs who visit the registration centers.
3. Access Nigeria Campaign recommends that INEC should collaborate with the deaf association of Nigeria Anambra chapter in ensuring that sign language interpreters are stationed across the 21 local government areas of the state. This will ease the participation of PWDs who have a hearing impairment.
4. INEC should increase collaboration with security agencies to ensure adequate deployment of their personnel to the registration centers. The presence of the security agencies will enhance the confidence of safety to PWDs which will, in turn, increase their participation.
5. INEC should send commendation letters or messages to registration officers in Anambra State on the professional treatment of PWDs including priority registration and urge them to surpass this feat in the remainder of the CVR process, Registration officials in other parts of the country should be urged to emulate this.
Yiaga Africa's observation
Recall that a foremost election observer, Yiaga Africa, had earlier released its first report on the ongoing CVR exercise.
The organisation assigned observers to various pre-assigned local government areas registration centres.
The observers documented critical incidents witnessed and send in reports of the critical incidents observed.
INEC issues warning to parties
In a related development, INEC has warned that multiple court orders pose a major threat to the conduct of the Anambra governorship election coming up on Saturday, November 6.
The nation’s electoral body said some of the orders have the tendency of eroding the powers of the commission and compromising its independence.
The commission also noted that the planning and preparation for election require certainty and adherence to timelines.