The European Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDG) and the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) are holding a five-day technical training in Calabar for staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The training is on access to electoral process by People With Disabilities (PWD) so that this set of Nigerians are not disenfranchised through no fault of theirs.
Speaking for both European agencies, the Advisor in Governance and Capacity Building, ECES headquarters, Mr. Dominique Weerts, said apart from equipping INEC personnel with technical know-how, the training was to strengthen the commission’s capacity to deliver inclusive, free and fair general elections in 2019.
“The training will further equip PWD desk officers with strategies that would ensure safety of this special group of persons before, during and after elections.
“It will provide tools for participants to view elections from an inclusion perspective and bridge the gender gap in the Nigerian electoral system,” he said.
While welcoming the participants, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Cross River State, Dr. Frankland Briyai, said with estimated 27.3m PWD in Nigeria, the need for strategic planning to avoid marginalisation in the electoral process could not be overemphasised.