‘We need fare to vote’- people with disabilities tell IEBC
Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Hirimani Ward, Bura Constituency have asked the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and candidates to provide transport for them during the upcoming August polls.
Speaking during a voter education forum organized by Muslim for Human Rights (MUHURI) in partnership with IEBC, Harun Muhammad, who is the PWD leader noted that access to transport will make it easier for disabled people to turn up at polling stations.
“IEBC or candidates should provide the disabled with transport. If they provide transport it will be easier for us to get to the polling station to vote,” he said.
Harun also noted that he will encourage PWDs to exercise their civic duty by voting during the upcoming election.
“I will inform PWDs to turn up in large numbers to vote, if they arrive at the polling station they will be helped. If one is disabled, they will not queue to enable them to vote quickly” he said.
At the same time, Harun advised the electoral body and other stakeholders to roll out mass voter education that will reach voters in the village areas so as to educate them on the voting process.
He also urged electorates to carefully select their leaders before voting them in to lead them.
“On Election Day, voters should come out and choose leaders who have wisdom, morals, and who have the motive to help the people. I am asking Kenyans, especially young people not to fight because of a politician,
“We the voters will remain as neighbours after the election. Let's vote peacefully and love each other. Political factions should not divide us, let's live harmoniously as Kenyans.”he added.
Esther Musyoka Bura a resident in the area also echoed Harun's sentiments terming them as useful.
“What we are asking is for our election to be peaceful for the benefit of Kenya,” she said.
Bura Constituency has five wards Chewele, Madogo, Hirimani, Bangale, and Sala. Hirimani ward has the highest number of registered voters with 10,750, Bangale (10,129), Sala (8806), and Madogo (7,884).