Bomi, Margibi and Nimba blind trained on the use of tactile ballots
The National Elections Commission (NEC) in partnership with the United Nations Development Program, European Union, Sweden, Ireland and Canada has been conducting regional awareness training on the use of tactile (physical) ballots for people who are visually impaired, according to a press release.
The project is supported by the partners to strengthen the electoral system with a fund of US$16 million.
People with disabilities are some of the key stakeholder groups targeted by the NEC during the voter education program. To guarantee that everyone has equal opportunity in the election process, the NEC aims to raise awareness and promote the equal participation of persons with disabilities in the upcoming elections.
Awareness training will provide an opportunity, especially to those who are visually impaired, to acquire the skills on how to use tactile ballots, and to cast their votes in secret on polling day. The training was held on September 18-19 in Bomi, September 25-26 in Margibi and will be held September 28-29 in Nimba.
Participants are trained on polling procedures and use of tactile ballot guides for the presidential and representatives elections. Facilitation methods are highly participatory, which will include simulation exercises.
As a follow-up to the training, participants will be expected to share and disseminate information on the use of tactile ballots upon return to their respective communities so that other visually impaired people who did not attend the workshop can get the information and opportunity to understand the tactile ballot system and how to use it on the polling day.