The Federation of Disability Organization’s in Malawi (FEDOMA) has outlined its expectations for the forthcoming elections from administrators, candidates and other electoral players.
Speaking to YFM Program Manager for FEDOMA Symon Munde said the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) should ensure that polling centers are accessible and that people who are assigned to assist persons with disabilities are well trained.
“In last year’s elections persons with disabilities met different challenges I could cite an example of the inaccessibility of polling centers where polling booths were in classrooms making it difficult for persons with disabilities to get in there and cast ballot.”
Munde also asked political parties to clearly state what they will do to improve the welfare of persons with disability.
“As they are developing their manifestos let them clearly indicate their plans for persons with disabilities and some presidential candidates can pick a person with disabilities as a running mate.”
Munde also urged stakeholders tasked to conduct civic education and presidential hopefuls to package their messages in a way that is understandable by persons with disabilities to enable them make an informed decision on who to vote for.