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2023 Elections: Deaf association tasks INEC on e-voting

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2023 Elections: Deaf association tasks INEC on e-voting

The Edo Association of the Deaf has tasked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the use of electronic voting (e-voting) technology in the conduct of future elections.

Mr Kingsley Eromosele, Chairman of the association in the state, made the call during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Wednesday via text messaging.

Eromosele, while expressing concerns about the participation of deaf people in the just concluded Feb. 25 and March 18 general elections, said that most deaf voters could not access their polling units.

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He said the deployment of e-voting, apart from the benefit of reducing the cost of conducting an election, could also provide improved access for voters with disabilities.

“I earnestly long for the day INEC will make use of e-voting. Some deaf voters, who wanted to exercise their franchise couldn’t locate their polling units because of lack of assistive devices.

“E-voting is voting that uses electronic means to either aid or take care of casting and counting ballots,” he said.

Eromosele explained that the association had to liase with the INEC Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) Desk Officer in Edo to have an improved participation in the March 18 election.

“Some deaf persons reached out to the association about the difficulty in accessing their polling units during the Feb 25 election.

“So, we reached out to INEC PWD Desk Officer, and a link was sent to us where deaf voters could click to locate their polling units.

“We were able to use the link to train some of us on how to locate our voting centres during the March 18 election,” the chairman said.

He noted, however, that members of the association were able to vote in the state Assembly election, better than the Presidential and National Assembly elections due to support from the INEC.

He further tasked the electoral body on the provision of sign language interpreters as well as EC40H forms for PWDs during future polls.

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U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to end his reelection campaign on Sunday followed a series of strategic missteps by his campaign team and White House aides. These errors amplified concerns that the 81-year-old president wouldn’t be able to win November’s election or run the country for another four years.

Biden’s halting performance at the June 27 presidential debate against Republican candidate Donald Trump pushed even some of his closest allies to question his endurance for a full campaign. This episode fueled a growing Democratic party movement questioning the wisdom of his second term. Within days, Biden went from the party’s figurehead to a liability, making him the first sitting president to stand down from a possible reelection since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968.

Biden initiated the debate by telling radio show host Howard Stern in April that he’d engage Trump, despite worries from some Democratic allies that a debate might not improve his chances and could cast him in an unflattering light. Biden’s aides believed they had an advantage in agreeing to a June debate with CNN, setting the rules to favor Biden’s style. However, Biden’s performance during the debate, where he stumbled over his words and lost his train of thought, surprised and concerned voters, donors, and Democratic officials.

Following the debate, Trump criticized Biden’s incoherence, and Biden admitted his poor performance. Calls for Biden to step down began almost immediately. High-profile Democrats, including Jim Clyburn and Nancy Pelosi, began to question Biden’s viability as a candidate.

Despite efforts to regain momentum, including interviews, news conferences, and speeches, Biden continued to make missteps, such as confusing names at the NATO summit. Polls showed Biden trailing other Democrats in key states and districts, though the nationwide race remained close.

Biden was eventually persuaded to withdraw from the race while recovering from COVID-19 at his Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, home, where he had time to reflect on his decision.

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Adamawa LG poll: We’ll sweep all chairmanship positions, PDP vows

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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa has vowed to clinch all the chairmanship positions across the 21 Local Government Areas in the state.

Mr Tahir Shehu, state chairman of the party made the vow before newsmen in Yola.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the Adamawa Independent Electoral Commission (ADSIEC), has scheduled July 13 for the conduct of the local government councils elections in the state.

Shehu said that the party was gender sensitive and had supporters at the grassroots and in the National Assembly.

“PDP is rooted in Adamawa, we have three senators, seven out of eight members of the House of Representatives and we are ruling the state for the second term.

“And also PDP is gender sensitive that is why our deputy governor is a female”, he said.

According to him, if women were entrusted they are honest and can deliver, and that i why they are the highest when it comes to vote.

He added that the present administration in the state was also providing dividends of democracy for all irrespective of political differences.

He further congratulated residents of the state and Nigerians at large for the 25 years of uninterrupted democracy.

He noted that within the last 25 years, Nigeria had recorded lots of development in the area of health, education, transportation and other infrastructural development among others.

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WIKE: SPECIAL GUEST AT APC SUPPORT GROUPS DEMOCRACY DAY ROUNDTABLE

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WIKE: SPECIAL GUEST AT APC SUPPORT GROUPS DEMOCRACY DAY ROUNDTABLE

The Honourable Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike is set to present a Roadmap to the actualization of the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the Democracy Day RoundTable of the APC Support Groups Leaders at Merit House, Abuja.

This is part of the activities marking the celebration of President Bola Tinubu’s one year in office by the Support and Volunteer Groups Unit of the APC Headquarters, in collaboration of with the Amalgamated APC Support Groups and the Progressive Support Groups Forum billed for June 12 in Abuja.

Mr Projects, as he is popularly called, the former Rivers State Governor will be the Special Guest of Honour and Lead Discussant at the Roundtable.

It is widely believed that Wike is the best performing Minister in the Tinubu’s Government, giving the landmark transformation and unprecedented facelift he has given the FCT in his 9 months as Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.

Wike will be expected to talk about security, infrastructures, sanitation, education and housing among other issues.

FCT residents, Civil Society, APC hierarchy, media and academia will form the major Participants at the event.

In a release signed by the Convenerof the Amalgamated APC Support Groups Think Tank and leader of the Progressive Support Groups Forum, Sir. Dr. AK Peters, His Excellency, the former Rivers State Governor is described as the beacon of the Renewed Hope that Tinubu promised to Nigeria. Wike is everywhere, doing everything to everybody, everytime.

Wike qualifies to be our SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR at the Roundtable, Peters Said with a sense of pride.

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