Monday, 23 March 2015

Breaking News: INEC Vows To Resort to Manual Accreditation if Card Reader Fails

… Sensitizes Physically Challenged Person In Awka

By Okey Chris
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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured people living with disabilities in Anambra State, who are of voting age that they would be allowed to vote.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Anambra, Mr. Edwin Nwatarali made the announcement in a one day sensitization programme with PWDs and the youths in Awka on Monday.

Nwatarali also disclosed that INEC workers had been directed to proceed on manual accreditation once the card reader fails to capture two fingers so to avoid delays or confusion. 

He added that the commission was committed to ensure that every category of electorates was not denied the right of performing their civic responsibility, even as he advised the PWDs to get aide from homes while coming to vote and to also abide by the electoral laws.

He advised those yet to collect their voters card to do so, noting that only the Permanent Voters Card (PVCs) would be used for voting on the Saturday’s Presidential poll and April 11th State election.

“Extension has been given till March 26 for collection of PVCs so every patriotic citizen is expected to collect the card to participate in the exercise, “he said, adding that the commission has taken delivery of 45, 545 remaining PVCs and are on point of distribution at various wards for collections.

Reacting, A-Visual impaired and Director in the Anambra State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mr. Azuka Offormata commended the electoral umpire for organising the event, and assured that his people would remain law abiding citizens as they cast their votes during the polls.

A participant, Miss Chioma Okoye of visionary impaired group said that she was happy by the arrangement by the commission for giving them a sense of belonging.

Okoye promised to participate in the exercise as well as encourage other members to participate.

Mrs Bridget Okechukwu, member of Joint National Association of Persons with Disability (JONAPWD) said that she felt fulfilled by the singular act of remembering them by the commission.



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