The Malawi Union of the Blind (MUB) has expressed confidence that people with visual impairment will not face challenges in all the polling centers as they cast their votes in Tuesday’s fresh presidential election.
MUB Executive Director, Ezekiel Kumwenda, said all the people with visual impairment will participate in the electoral process without obstacles since the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has put in place good measure to assist them during the voting process.
Kumwenda cited the use of tactile ballot guide as significant efforts in ensuring that the visually impaired people vote without influence from other people including the presiding officers.
Kumwenda said: “We acknowledge MEC for putting in place mechanisms that will assist the visually impaired people to vote freely and one of them is the use of tactile ballot guide which will help them to vote without any influence from other people.”
He further said MUB had meetings with MEC and had been assured of smooth voting process.
He also commended MEC for conducting intensive message awareness campaigns on the election that were also audible for the people with visual impairment.
Kumwenda has therefore called on all the people with different disabilities including visually impaired to go and vote as part of exercising their right.
Malawians are expected to cast their votes to choose the country’s president in a race which involves three candidates; the incumbent head of state, Peter Mutharika of DPP/UDF alliance, Lazarus Chakwera of Tonse alliance and Peter Kuwani of Mbakuwaku Movement for Development.