PWDs Demand Deployment of Sign Language Interpreters at Polling Stations

Persons with Disabilities in Lira district have tasked the Electoral Commission to employ sign language interpreters during the electoral processes.

They argue that persons with hearing impairments find difficulties to participate in electoral processes especially during campaigns and voting.

Mathew Omara Okello, the chairperson PWDs who also doubles as the district councilor for PWDs, says that the deaf always endure communication challenges, especially during campaigns.

He says the government should employ sign langue interpreters and provide voter materials in braille papers to enable them fully participate.  

In the recent past, the Electoral Commission conducted a Verification of the National Voters’ Register and Identification of Persons with Disability- PWDs at the Village Level with an aim of compiling the Village PWDs Registers.   

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