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IFA deploys 250 PWDs, tasks INEC on priority voting

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IFA deploys 250 PWDs, tasks INEC on priority voting

IFA deploys 250 PWDs, tasks INEC on priority voting

Inclusive Friends Association (IFA), on Friday called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to stand by its commitment to provide assistive materials for Persons With Disabilities (PWD) and give them priority voting.

IFA also said it had deployed 250 Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) observers to measure the deployment of PWD assistive materials and their usage for voting in the General Elections.

Ms Grace Jerry, Executive Director IFA and convener of the IFA Vote-Ability Campaign said this during the Pre-Election Press Conference for the Feb. 25, general elections in Abuja.

According to Jerry, the Vote-Ability is a disability rights movement led by IFA for Nigeria’s 30 million PWDs and the goal is to increase the participation of PWDs in the electoral processes and ensure the full implementation of the 2022 Electoral Act.

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She said that according to the INEC, 21,165 magnifying glasses would be provided for Persons With Albinism and low vision, 8,117 brail ballots for blind voters and 6,167 EC30E PWD posters a pictorial election instruction for deaf and other electorates.

“IFA Vote-Ability will deploy carefully recruited and trained PWD observers who will be observing at their pre-assigned polling unit and reporting to a data centre through the use of technology in near real-time.

“The information provided will enable IFA to provide the electoral umpire with quick information where its intervention is required to ensure there are no PWDs disenfranchised from voting .

“In spite of making up to 15 per cent of Nigeria’s population ,Nigerians with disabilities in previous elections have documented barriers at various stages such as polling units not always accessible to voters with physical impairment ,absence of ramps and handrails for use by PWDs ,inadequate deployment of form EC30E for deaf voters.

“Others are brail ballot guide for blind voters and magnifying glasses for persons with albinism and general polling unit layout which makes it difficult for PWDs with physical impairment.’’

Jide Ojo, Board of Trustees member of IFA, said that following the observations and the need to conduct an all inclusive election, IFA Vote-Ability therefore, called to action for stakeholders across Nigeria for a peaceful ,accessible and credible elections.

Ojo said that IFA Vote-Ability campaign called on all registered PWDs to vote en mass for the candidates of their choice and take safety precautions ,call security agencies when safety is threatened and prioritise their safety above all.

“The IFA Vote-Ability campaign calls on INEC to stand by its commitment to providing brail ballot guide and guarantee the provision of other PWD-friendly election materials and also fully enforce its policy of priority voting for PWDs so that PWDs are not required to stand in line for long hours as witnessed in previous elections.

“Security agencies should protect all voters and election observers especially those with disabilities,”

Ojo said IFA called on the media to focus on how PWDs are faring as they report on the nation’s election.

“We understand that the media is often more fixated on election outcomes or results, but wish to note that their reports will be incomplete if they fail to pay due attention to a huge constituency like PWDs.

“Nigerians need to know what was done to accommodate PWDs, and the media is the gateway to achieving that.’’

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German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock praised US President Joe Biden’s decision to end his re-election campaign, emphasizing his prioritization of national interests.

Biden’s announcement, following concerns over his fitness for office, has left the Democratic Party in uncharted territory as Donald Trump’s campaign gains momentum.

Vice President Kamala Harris is now the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.

Baerbock highlighted Biden’s role in maintaining strong international relations and NATO unity during his presidency, especially amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.

She stressed the importance of continued US-European cooperation for global peace and security.

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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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