Election 2016: Blind folks cry for tactile jackets to vote independently

ghanablindVisually impaired persons are calling on the Electoral Commission (EC) to  provide them with tactile jackets in the various polling stations nationwide to make voting easy for them during the December  7 polls.

They explain to rawgist.com that these jackets will help them vote without help from a third person. “In the absence of these vests, people have been misleading us to vote for people we did not set out to vote for”.

The Tactile Jackets are perforated hard paper single fold cards made to aid the visually impaired to vote independently.

An Executive member of the Ghana Blind Union at Ejisu; Charles Owusu Boakye tells rawgist.com’s Bernard Buachi in an interview during a YEA engagement with Persons with Disabilities in Kumasi that a lot of voter education has been done; a situation he believes has depeened the understanding of his colleagues as far as voting is concerned. He however stresses that “these jackets when made available will make our votes count”.

“This time, I don’t want to vote for anyone other than the person or party I want to vote for, the jacket will help me make that choice on my own”, he emphasized and explained how in previous years his hand has been held to vote without knowing who he is really voting for.

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