19 November 2012

Sierra Leone: Pregnant Women, Aged, Others Voted Easily

Pregnant women, lactating mothers, the aged and other disabled persons across the country were on Saturday November 17 allowed to vote first as a result of their conditions.

It could be recalled that before polling day, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) had appealed to the general public to allow those with disability, lactating mothers, pregnant women and the aged to vote first when they get to polling stations.

Many of them who spoke to Concord Times after casting their votes were full of praises for NEC and expressed hope that such will continue in future elections.

Fatmata Turay, who voted at Constituency 99, east of the city, thanked NEC for the opportunity given her to cast her vote without any struggle, noting, "Immediately I entered the polling station, a NEC staff standing by asked one of the party agents to allow me to vote."

According to another physically-challenged person at Constituency 101, Musa Gborie, it was not the first time they had been given the opportunity to cast their votes without standing in a queue.

"I am appealing to NEC to continue giving us such special treatment because of our conditions. We are happy that we are now being considered in society," he said.

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