Cedar Seed Foundation has reached an agreement with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to enhance disability inclusion in electoral process and implement clause 54 of the electoral act for the 2023 general elections.
The agreement, which was signed on 28th October, 2022 at UN building in Abuja with the theme Project Disability Inclusion, seeks to fulfill one of Cedar Seed Foundation’s thematic areas.
Shedrack Danladi, Project Officer, speaking to Inclusive News Network said “This project will advance the participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities in the electoral process in the 2023 elections and beyond.”
He said “with the grant, the organisation will engage stakeholders through advocacy to intimate them about the project and engage stakeholders in a forum to ensure the implementation of clause 54 of the electoral act of 2022.”
The grant will also facilitate the foundation in enlightening 20 thousand citizens in Abuja and Kaduna State mostly persons with disabilities on voter’s education to aid them to make informed decisions when voting in the forthcoming elections.
Danladi praises Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC for promoting disability inclusion in the electoral process, he however urged the commission to foster full implementation of the special provisions by the law.
“INEC has done a lot in promoting disability inclusion but there is more they need to do. Full Implementation of the special provisions by the law for persons with disabilities will be the benchmark to say INEC has done so much in promoting disability inclusion and this is what the project disability inclusion by Cedar Seed Foundation seeks to achieve.
“The beneficiaries of this project need to make good use of all they are gaining in the project to ensure an inclusive and safe electoral process in Nigeria.” He said.