Persons living with disabilities have appealed to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to provide special facilities at the polling centres to enable them vote during the August 8 polls.
Addressing a sensitization workshop on elections for Persons living with disabilities in Kisumu Friday, National Council of Persons with Disabilities Regional officer Mr. George Omondi asked the electoral body to provide disability friendly facilities at polling centres to enable them participate in the elections.
The workshop was organised by IEBC in conjunction with the NCPD to sensitise people with disabilities in Kisumu on the importance of participating in the electoral process.
We have informed IEBC that each polling station should have a clerk who will assist our members to vote. We have also asked them to ensure that those clerks are not aligned to any political party to avoid circumstances where some may want to take advantage to manipulate the voting process, he said.
Mr. Odhiambo said IEBC has assured them that they will provide sign language interpreters at polling centres to help the deaf when voting.
We have provided assistive devices like wheelchairs to our members but we still lack funds to provide specific devices for each group, he added
He urged political parties to consider special groups when nominating their party members to the national and county assemblies as it will encourage them to come out and vote.
Mr. John Cox, Kisumu County IEBC elections manager, said persons living with disabilities will get special attention on the Election Day.
He said other special groups who will get special attention include the elderly and pregnant women.
Source: Kenya News Agency