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The Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) has claimed that, no fewer than 18 million people living with disabilities will vote during the forthcoming general elections.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof Abdulganiyu Raji made this known during a sensitization forum for persons living with disabilities in Abeokuta.
Raji added that INEC has made provisions for measures that will give priority to the physically challenged persons, pregnant women, nursing mothers as well as the elderly persons.
He said INEC is prepared to run an all-inclusive by engaging all stakeholders who include the religious leaders, gender group and traditional rulers.
He however implored the disables to shun political violence during the elections.
Raji also added that some measures are in place to ensure that the forthcoming election is free and fair.
“The commission as a statutory body can’t do it all alone without the support of all stakeholders such as political parties, contestants, PWDs, CSOs and others in other to enrich our democracy”, he said.
In the same vein, the Head of Department of Voters Education and Publicity, Mrs. Adenike appealed to the disables to mobilize the entire citizen in the state to visit the INEC office to collect their PVCs.
“I appeal to you to sensitize and mobilize others and the entire citizenry of Ogun State to visit the INEC LG offices to collect their PVCs to enable them exercise their franchise during the forthcoming General Elections
“Consequently the Commission has made preparations to ensure your active participation in the 2019 general elections as one of the critical stakeholders that must exercise his or her civic duties and responsibilities”, She said