The Inclusive Friends Association, IFA, has trained 200 Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) who will serve as electoral observers in the forthcoming Anambra State Gubernatorial election, as part of efforts to promote a disability-inclusive electoral process.
The PWDs would serve at nine centres clustering across the 21 LGAs in the state.
To ascertain that the observers understand the content of training and to test IFA’s systems and readiness, all 200 observers will participate in a simulation exercise ahead of the election.
Also, IFA has commissioned an educative jingle to sensitize PWDs and the Anambra citizens at large to participate in the planned elections.
The radio jingle has information on the deployment of assistive materials by the Independent National Electoral Commission. These materials are the Braille Ballot Guide (BBG), Form EC30E, Form EC40H, and priority voting.
The IFA is committed to ensuring accessibility for the community of PWDs through research and engagement with relevant stakeholders in having a free, fair, credible, and inclusive election.