Last week, our European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN) programme supported the organisation of a stakeholders' meeting on Advocacy towards a Disability-Inclusive Electoral Reform Process.
The event was organised by the Albino Foundation in partnership with ECES, the Office of the Deputy Senate President, the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities and CLEEN Foundation and in collaboration with all EU-SDGN implementing partners.
It brought together Chairpersons of the Joint National Association of Persons With Disabilities from the 36 states and the FCT, development experts as well as leaders of strategic Organisations of Persons With Disabilities in an endeavour to ensure wide and robust consultations that would lead to valuable recommendations to enrich advocacy efforts.
The ultimate goal of the event was to work towards ensuring inclusive participation of persons with disabilities in electoral and political process in Nigeria through the ongoing amendment Act.
Some of the topics discussed included
- Strategies aimed at improving the participation of persons with disabilities in electoral process
Electoral Act - Aspects of Disability Inclusion
INEC Disability Framework
- The Nigerian Disability act
- The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) article 29
The event is one in the series of efforts undertaken within the EU-SDGN programme to support the ongoing reform to Nigeria’s electoral legal regime.