Disabled persons, pregnant women to get priority – INEC
Friday Olokor

Ahead of the general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission has said people living with disabilities and pregnant women will be given consideration at the polling booths.

The Chairman, INEC Committee on Information and Voters Education, Festus Okoye, made this known on Wednesday.

Okoye also disclosed that the Central Bank of Nigeria had begun taking delivery of sensitive electoral materials.

Speaking at an interactive forum with pressmen in Abuja, Okoye said INEC remained committed to a transparent electoral process.

He added in line with the guidelines for the conduct of polls, “people living with disabilities, visibly pregnant women and the aged, shall be granted priority access to voting at the polling units, voting points and voting point settlements.”

Okoye said, “For now, the commission is engaged in readiness assurance for the elections that will take place on February 16 and March 2, 2019. The different zonal stores and state and LG offices of the commission are presently taking delivery of non-sensitive materials for the conduct of the elections.

“Most of the Resident Electoral Commissioners have concluded the training of various categories of advice staff and are putting finishing touches to other processes.”

Okoye said INEC would not be deterred by anything, including the fire that gutted its office in Abia State.


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