The Albino Foundation (TAF) has complained of exclusion in the March 9 poll conducted across the nation, saying INEC has failed to meet the group demand in the run-up to the 2019 elections.
“The situation is appalling. Unfortunately, a lot of work and inputs we made in the electoral process, especially within the INEC framework, have not been implemented at all.
“I wouldn’t even say adequate implementation. It is almost near zero implementation, because we still didn’t see magnified glasses INEC promised our members.
“We didn’t see Braille. Many of the INEC staff still struggle with information about disability,’’ he said.
Mr Epelle also expressed dissatisfaction over the low turnout of voters with disability during the polls, attributing to the crisis in the February 23, elections and some levels of unpreparedness by the Commission.
He said those issues are showing up in the current elections, adding the enthusiasm his members saw in the past presidential election had really died down.
“I think it should be a serious concern to INEC management. The implication of the low turnout is that a lot of eligible voters would be disenfranchised.
“And I am wondering if those that will be elected during the exercise with such low turnout will really have the true mandate of the people. That’s a huge concern.
“When you don’t have the majority to put you in a position, you just go there, you are on your own or by a few people who just push you in there. It’s a major problem.
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