24 February 2013

Nigeria: 2015 - Persons With Disability Unfold Demands

The Joint Association of Persons With Disability (JONAPWD) has insisted that its demand on 5% affirmative action on both appointive and elective positions from state and federal governments subsist for any politician to win their support in the 2015 general elections.

Consequently, the association inaugurated an 11-man committee, led by Rilwan Abdullahi, to sensitize people living with disability (PWD) on their civic responsibilities and rights, to ensure total participation of its members during elections.

The National President of Persons with Disability Initiative Nigeria, Engr Augustine Onwuamaegbu, stated this at the inauguration of the committee in Abuja.

He called on the registered political parties to accord equally opportunity to women and PWD who are vying for political position under the platform of the party.

The president also urged Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to evolve modalities that will accord PWD more time during voters' registration as well as voting period to ensure total participation by all and sundry.

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