Elecam taken to Task by people with disability

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Ms. Limen Florence  (yellow face cap) on her wheel chair addressing the governor (standing)

Ms. Limen Florence (yellow face cap) on her wheel chair addressing the governor (standing)

NW regioanl cordinator Elecam responding the worries of PWD

NW regioanl cordinator Elecam responding the worries of PWD

Elecam officials and the administration of the Northwest were briefly held back for a few minutes by a group of people with disability after the official launching of Biometric voters’ card distribution exercise at the Mawa Hotel Mile VI Nkwen on Wednesday May 22, 2013.

The group of four was lead by Ms. Limen Florence, a civil society leader and director of the Community Resource Centre for the Disabled and Disadvantaged.

They arrived the hall which is situated in the 3rd floor of the hotel when they meeting was over and the governor was on his way out. Using unorthodox means like shouting at the top of their voices and standing on the part the governor and other dignitaries were to use to exit the building; they were able to draw the attention of the governor and Elecam officials.

“Elecam should be inclusive and should think about people with disabilities” she told the governor.

“Imagine we had to get some brothers to help us to reach here (the 3rd floor) and this shows that Elecam did not think about us when arranging for this venue” she continued.

The list of their grievances also included lack of access to Elecam offices, to polling station, access to election information and the absent of mobile voting stations to these groups of persons exercise their civic responsibility. They also press for people in disabil

Responding to their demands, Nga Casper regional coordinator of Elecam NW said “at the level of Elecam we try to be as inclusive as possible and that is why statistics puts the Northwest with the highest registered number of people with disability in the country”

“But I must remained you, there is a ministry in charge of Social affairs which is supposed to take care of that, and for our polling stations we try to make them accessible to people with disability as much as possible” he concluded.

By Babila Lawrence in Bamenda

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