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INEC to deploy sign language interpreters to polling units

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Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said it will deploy sign language interpreters to the various polling units and communities for the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa State.

Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Bayelsa, Pastor Monday Udoh, said this in Yenagoa during a voter education and sensitisation forum for sign language interpreters.

Udoh said the deployment would help the hearing impaired persons to cast their votes without challenges.

He noted that INEC was committed to ensuring that persons with disabilities take part in the forthcoming governorship election and the future ones.

The REC said: “INEC has done greatly by always making sure that we don’t exclude any group of persons in our processes; that is why we gather you today to be taught in sign language efficiency.

“We have recruited some disabled persons to be part of the process as electoral officers to give them sense of belonging as Nigerians; we should not exclude them, they have all the intellectual capacity within them.”

The Deputy Director, Civil Society Organisation Division, INEC headquarters, Mrs. Lakunuya Dorothy Bello, said the workshop was aimed at providing education to sign language interpreters.

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