People Living With Disabilities Hail Poll Shift, Declare Support For Jonathan

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PWDsPeople With Disabilities (PWDs) have thrown their weight behind the Independent National Electoral Commission’s decision to shift the general elections from February 14 and 28 to March 28 and April 11, saying extra time will give them more opportunities to collect their permanent voter cards, PVCs.

Addressing a press conference under the aegis of Goodluck Vision for Persons with Unique Abilities, the PWDs said their members nationwide have found it very difficult to access polling units to collect their PVCS, a situation which they fear will lead to their disenfranchisement during the elections.

A member of the group, Paul Ihekwoaba, who said he monitored the collection by PWDs in the Southeast, said the environment and crowded centres made it impossible for them to get their cards, adding that the shift in the time table of the general election would only be worthwhile if the plight of over 22 million PWDs would be accommodated.

“With more than 20 million eligible voters yet to get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) then their inalienable right to vote is being denied and no one had the right to disenfranchise them.

“So INEC must be given ample opportunity to ensure that every eligible voter is enfranchised.

“It is just sad that Nigeria don’t learn from history. Now that a section of the Nigerian society (PWDs) has complained of being disenfranchised, it is imperative for the Commission to check itself.

“We believe that INEC cannot address that problem within a week, so it’s important that wisdom and caution is brought to bear on the issue.

“We are saying that instead of us being in a haste and bring chaos thereafter, it is important we shift it a bit within the confinement of the Constitution.

“If this will give us peace, with nobody saying they were being disenfranchised, then it’s important that INEC takes the path of wisdom”, he said.

The group also urged INEC to provide braille’s for the visually impaired and wheelchairs for the physically challenged on the Election Day.

The group also expressed support for the candidature of President Goodluck Jonathan because of his support for PWDs, while urging him not to renege on his promise to sign the People Living With Disability Bill recently passed by the National Assembly into law.

National coordinator of the group, Timiepiri Ziriki, enjoined PWDs across the country to support President Jonathan for being a PWD-friendly leader who has incorporated PWDs into public service, including SURE-P.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. Thank God that this election was postpone, look at the number of Nigerians who has not gotten their PVC and imagine how it will look when your friend is voting and you are not.

  2. Without being told, nigerians know that our president cares for every nigrerian and tries as much as possible to make us smile…so we vote peace, unity and love#we vote GEJ TILL 2019

  3. GEJ is the man of the people, he is a true servant of the people who placed him there, he has performed very well in office, so we say GEJ stay till 2019 and continue putting things right for Nigerians…

  4. I knew that this shift in date was for the benefit of Nigerians that’s why GMB is kicking against it, i don’t know what Nigerians did to you that you hate this country that much. thank you GEJ for always being there for Nigerians. GMB till 2019!

  5. I see support from every part of the country for GEJ, together we will prove to buhari that he does not stand a chance with our amiable leader GEJ

  6. He has touched every facet of our lives positively………..we have to vote and support him for more good works to come…its GEJ all the way

  7. Together we can, together we all can make it work……this dictator can never rule this country again…..he cannot ohhhh….#GEJITE

  8. GEJ’s support base is swelling by the minute..and we all have our PVC’s…buhari will hide his face in complete shame this year….once a loser will always be a loser

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