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IFA urges INEC to provide sign language interpreters for Anambra poll

IFA urges INEC to provide sign language interpreters for Anambra poll

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IFA urges INEC to provide sign language interpreters for Anambra poll

By Matthew Eloyi

The Inclusive Friends Association (IFA) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to provide sign language interpreters at polling and registration centres for the 1 November Anambra Governorship poll, to prevent voter apathy from Persons With Disabilities (PWDs).

IFA Executive Director, Ms Grace Jerry, made the call at a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja.

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The conference tagged: “Access Nigeria Campaign Final Observation Statement on the Accessibility of the Anambra Continues Voter Registration Process for PWDs’’ was aimed at making recommendations to improve accessibility for PWDs in the Anambra election.

According to Ms Jerry, providing sign language interpreters and PWDs specific instruction posters would assist residents with hearing impairments and other forms of disabilities to register during Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) and voting.

She said that the IFA-led Access Nigeria Campaign observed the CVR process in Anambra.

She said the objective of the observation was to ascertain the accessibility of the CVR process for PWDs and make recommendations that will assist INEC to make the process more accessible for PWDs in the future.

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