Moves to assist PWDs during polls

An election guideline aimed at ensuring the inclusion of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the election process has been launched in Accra.

The guideline sought to address communication gaps and access to polling stations by persons with disabilities during the 2016 elections.

The initiative is a partnership between STAR-Ghana and Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations, and funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development.

Speaking at the launch, Joseph Makubu, STAR-Ghana 2016 Elections Project Coordinator, urged the Electoral Commission (EC), the National Commission on Civic Education to adopt and implement the guideline.

He appealed to the various political parties to draft their campaign messages in texts, narratives, audios and audio visual signs to help PWDs to understand and make informed choices.

On access to polling stations, he said the EC and other stakeholders should ensure that PWDs exercised their constitutional rights without hindrance, adding that most polling stations were not disability friendly.

Mr. Samuel Akuamah, deputy chairman, Operation, National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) said the launch was timely not only for the participation of PWDs in the electoral process, but would serve as a useful document for education.

Dr. Catherine Denu, a deputy Women’s Organiser of the governing National Democratic Congress, who represented her party told the participants that the government had introduced a number of interventions aimed at improving the well-being of PWDs.

By Malik Sullemana

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