Disabled Persons wants special attention on polls day

The United Disabled Persons of Kenya People have called for sympathy from the general public to help them cast their votes at polling centers next Tuesday.

Faith Odidi, the Project Officer at UDPK said most disabled persons have been locked away from voting therefore there was need to make sure that the few who are registered are encouraged to perform their democratic right.

She said Kenyans should ensure that voters with disabilities cast their ballot first. We have managed to work with several organisations to ensure we get maximum number of people living with disability to be registered across the country, we need them to turn out and ballot, Odidi said.

She said UPDK, which is the umbrella body of all organisations that work with people with disabilities said IEBC officials, party agents, security personnel and the public should accord first voting rights to them.

She was speaking in Migori town on Wednesday as the group held a peaceful procession to encourage confidence in the participation of the election.

We chose Migori as one of a hotspot county and similar one across the country because in case of chaos we as the disabled suffer the most, she said.

Rhoda Tembo, a civic educator in the county said they have liaised with the IEBC to offer civic education to their members on the best way to vote across the county.

Tembo said they availed visual aids for blind, deaf and mum in the civic education exercise as they were not reached during the mainstream voter education.

We demand from the commission to ensure rooms to be used as polling centers across the country are conducive and friendly to our members, Tembo said.

They also urged politicians to desist from utterances that may ignite chaos during polls and inciting youths against themselves.

Source: Kenya News Agency