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  • Organisation

    The biggest success of Inclusive Friends Association (IFA) is that independent voting for voters with visual impairments is now possible for the first time in Nigeria’s election history. This took place in Osun where IFA designed and piloted the use of the braille ballot guides.

    At the 91 polling units where it was deployed to, there was a success rate of 94 percent. IFA also reviewed the training manual designed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and meant for election officials to include the braille ballot guides as training materials. In addition, IFA made sure to include them as checklist items for elections which helped conduct the first accessibility audit of a polling unit that is led by people with disabilities.

    All of the above provided the basis for intervention in the electoral process and its recommendations are currently cultivated by Electoral Commissions in the 15 ECOWAS states.

    • Organisation

      The biggest success of Inclusive Friends Association (IFA) is that independent voting for voters with visual impairments is now possible for the first time in Nigeria’s election history. This took place in Osun where IFA designed and piloted the use of the braille ballot guides.

      At the 91 polling units where it was deployed to, there was a success rate of 94 percent. IFA also reviewed the training manual designed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and meant for election officials to include the braille ballot guides as training materials. In addition, IFA made sure to include them as checklist items for elections which helped conduct the first accessibility audit of a polling unit that is led by people with disabilities.

      All of the above provided the basis for intervention in the electoral process and its recommendations are currently cultivated by Electoral Commissions in the 15 ECOWAS states.

    • Project

      The project titled  Data for Inclusion is ensuring the increase of participation of persons with disabilities in Nigeria’s political and electoral processes by collecting disaggregated data of disabled people as well as influencing the reduction of physical barriers and stigma that make it difficult for PWDs to participate in elections.

      The project is supporting the collection of data of visually impaired persons in 12 states (2 in each geographical zone) and influencing the Independent National Electoral Commission, state governments in Edo and Ondo to use the data in providing ramps in polling units to make them accessible.

      IFA and its partners, the Network for the Advancement of Rights of Persons with Visible Disabilities (NAPVID) in Edo and the Ondo state Disabled Welfare Agency (ODWA) are recruiting PWD leaders in the 266 local governments’ areas (LGAs) in the 12 states to manually collect these data from local communities and also to set up a technological centre to electronically facilitate the collection of the PWD data from most of the urban centres.

      Massive media sensitisation programmes are being conducted to create awareness on how PWDs can send their data into the database. In the lead up to the governorship elections in both states, IFA and its partners will hold Live TV Manifesto debates for governorship candidates in Edo and Ondo states to provide an opportunity for PWD leaders to ask for inclusive policies from prospective governors.

      PWDs leaders in all the local governments in both states are being trained on issue-based approaches to prepare them for the debates. IFA and its partner also hold quarterly review meetings in four geographical locations and use lessons learnt in strengthening its strategy on the project.

  • Project

    The project titled  Data for Inclusion is ensuring the increase of participation of persons with disabilities in Nigeria’s political and electoral processes by collecting disaggregated data of disabled people as well as influencing the reduction of physical barriers and stigma that make it difficult for PWDs to participate in elections.

    The project is supporting the collection of data of visually impaired persons in 12 states (2 in each geographical zone) and influencing the Independent National Electoral Commission, state governments in Edo and Ondo to use the data in providing ramps in polling units to make them accessible.

    IFA and its partners, the Network for the Advancement of Rights of Persons with Visible Disabilities (NAPVID) in Edo and the Ondo state Disabled Welfare Agency (ODWA) are recruiting PWD leaders in the 266 local governments’ areas (LGAs) in the 12 states to manually collect these data from local communities and also to set up a technological centre to electronically facilitate the collection of the PWD data from most of the urban centres.

    Massive media sensitisation programmes are being conducted to create awareness on how PWDs can send their data into the database. In the lead up to the governorship elections in both states, IFA and its partners will hold Live TV Manifesto debates for governorship candidates in Edo and Ondo states to provide an opportunity for PWD leaders to ask for inclusive policies from prospective governors.

    PWDs leaders in all the local governments in both states are being trained on issue-based approaches to prepare them for the debates. IFA and its partner also hold quarterly review meetings in four geographical locations and use lessons learnt in strengthening its strategy on the project.

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