By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
The Vice Chairman of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD), Kaduna State Chapter, Alhaji Suleiman Abdulazeez has threatened to mobilized about 800 disabilities for protest against non inclusion of members for May 12th local government election ad-hoc committee by the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIECOM).
In a letter addressed to the Chairperson of SIECOM signed by Alhaji Suleiman Abdulazeez and made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Friday read, “This letter serves to demand for the immediate consideration and inclusion of persons with disabilities among the election monitors, observers and ad-hoc staff for the conduct of local government election slated for 12th May 2018, by SIECOM Kaduna without further delay.
“Failure to do so within 4 days from today Monday 7 to Thursday 10h May 2018, we will mobilize about 800 members to protest as well as boycott the election so as to register our grievances.“It will be recalled that at various engagement forums, workshops and seminars with electoral bodies and stakeholders toward an inclusive, accessible and transparent elections in Nigeria which SIECOM Kaduna is part and parcel, we are being assured of an inclusive electoral system. It is in line with this and other roundtable meetings we had with the commission on 3 April 2018 (copy here attached).
“In order to demonstrate her commitment, the commission had two weeks ago directed us to submit the list of those members to be included which we did only for the sane commission to turn down the gesture at the 11h hour merely on security ground.
“This is against the agreed guidelines and principles of engagement of persons with disabilities in the electoral system in Nigeria which SIECOM is much aware.
“The United Nations General Principles under Article 3 of the Convention on the Rights of persons with disabilities emphasize Non-discrimination, full and effective participation, Inclusion and equality of opportunity for PWDs in society including respect for their differences and acceptance.
“And since what is good for the Goose is also good for the Gander, we stand on this Article” it ended.