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Edo Election: INEC flouts people with disabilities – Observer

A civil society group, Alliance for Credible Election, which monitored the recently held gubernatorial election in Edo State condemned the manner in which the country’s electoral umpire turned deaf ears to the plight of the disabled in the state.

The group speaking to journalists, through the Acting Secretary General, Mma Odi in Abuja on December 20, 2016 during the public presentation of their Audit Report on the Edo State Governorship Election stated that people with disabilities and women especially nursing mothers were largely disenfranchised during the exercise due to inability of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to make adequate preparations for them.

“We look at the Edo election not considering persons with disability.” She lamented.

Odi advised that, “The INEC at this level as the umpire of this election and electoral process should make special guideline for persons with disabilities.”

In like vein, the group calls on INEC and the various security agencies as a matter of national emergency prosecute individuals engaging in buying and selling of votes during electoral processes in the country.

The Acting Secretary General added that the menace was to taken to its peak in the Edo election as voters and politicians engaged themselves in open trading for votes.

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