Over 64,000 persons with disabilities were able to successfully get names on the new voter register during the just ended registration exercise and the Electoral Commission thinks that is a major milestone.
According to the Commission, that huge participation of persons with disabilities including other vulnerable groups such as the aged, pregnant and nursing mothers was made possible through their conscious effort to make the exercise very friendly to all.
Addressing the media on Wednesday during the Commission’s routine “Citizens Must Know” series, Chairperson of Electoral Commission, Mrs. Jean Mensa revealed that a total of 64,966 persons with disabilities were able to register due to what she described as an unprecedented arrangement they made for them.
“We are gratified to note that a significant number of persons with disabilities participated in the exercise. As part of our commitment to ensure inclusiveness and to ensure that no one is left behind, the commission made arrangements to cater for a section of our society at all district offices of the Electoral Commission throughout the country,” Mrs. Jean Mensah reported.
She further narrated that “this is the first time such as arrangement was put in place but as a commission, we were keen to ensure that vulnerable groups, the aged, persons with disabilities, pregnant women etc all felt comfortable to participate in the registration exercise and they did pay off.”
“At the end of the registration exercise, 64,966 persons with disabilities had successfully registered representing 0.56 percent of the total registered voters,” the chairperson stated.