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Ondo 2016: INEC creates special polling units for persons with disabilities

Ahead of the governorship election in Ondo State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said the commission will create special polling units for persons with disabilities (PWDs)

The State Resident Electoral Commission (REC), Segun Agbaje, who disclosed this, said this is to ensure that persons with disabilities are not disenfranchised in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

Agbaje siad this at the “Leave No One Behind: Disability Votes Count” campaign in Akure on Wednesday for over eligible citizens drawn from the 25 million PWDs in the country’s political and electoral process.

Agbaje said apart from the special polling units that would be strategically located for easy accessibility to the people, pregnant women would also be taken care of during the voting exercise to reduce undue stress.

The chairperson of International Federation of Women Lawyers, Mrs. Bunmi Arajuwa, who spoke during ‘Stop Violence Against Women in Electoral’ (VAWIE) campaign recently in Irele LGA, lamented that women often lag behind in electoral processes, stressing that they need more encouragement.

According to her, women should be united and participate fully in electoral processes because they form the largest percentage of voters and citizens in the country, insisting they should be part of development and policy making.

Arajuwa urged women to come out en masse during the forthcoming election in Ondo State and vote without being intimidated.