In order to address the difficulties this may present for Persons with Disabilities (PWD), the Disability Desk of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has petitioned the Electoral Commission (EC) to reconsider its decision to launch the upcoming Voters registration exercise in its 268 district offices and spread the registration centers across.
The petition follows extensive consultation with people with disabilities from all 16 areas of the nation by the NDC disability desk over the impending voter registration drive.
The NDC Disability Desk also requests that the electioneering organization reconsider its plans for the next voter registration drive in its 268 district offices by taking People with Disabilities’ concerns into account.
“The blind, deaf, albinos, physically challenged noted with grave concern that the number of centres earmarked for the exercise are limited and suppress their registration,” the NDC disability desk noted in its petition to the Electoral Commissioner.
The majority of the worries of people with disabilities are related to the travel distances they must endure in order to register at the authorized district offices, it was noted in the report.
It said that many people with disabilities were already having trouble getting Ghana Cards and would need to find a way to travel vast distances with two guarantors to these district offices from their homes. For those who are deaf, an interpreter is necessary in order to communicate meaningfully during registration. The expenditures of a round-trip for such folks promise to be exorbitant, among other things, given the likelihood of also traveling with two guarantors.
Therefore, the NDC Disability Desk suggests that the exercise be conducted in the current 6,272 electoral areas.
Read the petition below: