The Albino Foundation has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for acquiring magnifying glasses used by Persons with Albinism during the just concluded Osun Governorship Election, 2022.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the foundation, Jake Epelle, while making the commendation in a press statement released on Monday, July 18, 2022 also congratulated the State Governor-elect, Ademola Adeleke on his victory at the polls.
Epelle said: “INEC followed due process and engaged The Albino Foundation in the sampling process to ensure a quality outcome that meets global standards.
INN gathers that the magnifying glasses were effectively deployed and many Persons with Albinism used them during the voting process.
Epelle, who is also President, Albinism Association of Nigeria remarked: “We are glad INEC took particular interest in the usage of the magnifying glass and tweeted its use by a gentleman with albinism.
“this welcome development assures that the 2023 general elections will be conducted with same level of interest.”
He encourages continuous training of INEC and Ad hoc staff to ensure better compliance in future elections.
Epelle also appreciated the INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu and his staff for their efforts in ensuring inclusion of Persons with Albinism.
According to him, “we are aware that this is the most inclusive election with priority voting for Persons with Disabilities and the provision of Braille ballot papers for the blind. However, it was noticed that some polling units were placed on elevated ground, making them inaccessible.
“We commend the people of Osun State for the peaceful conduct of the election despite instances of vote-buying and security breaches.
“Once more, we congratulate INEC for effectively carrying out the most inclusive election in Nigeria’s history. Congratulation to the governor-elect, Ademola Adeleke, for his win”, Epelle said.