Disabled aspirants want equality
29 November 2012, 12:51
The National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC) has lamented over the possibility of unequal representation of seats by persons with disabilities as the General Elections encroach.
Members drawn from all categories of disabilities said that they will prepare a memorandum by collecting signatures from each member and send it to the IEBC in a bid to ensure that all seats are acquired by the intended persons without any form of discrimination.
During a two day workshop held at Lions Court Hotel in Nanyuki town recently, they pointed out that the law requires that any person contesting for an elective post must be connected to a political party which is very difficult for them.
According to NGEC Programmes officer Nzioka John Nzomo, persons with disabilities are encountering difficulties to connect with various political leaders who are busy traversing the country wooing voters.
“We are not saying that the political parties have alienated us but what we are saying is that we are having a hectic time trying to access them. We want to ensure that all persons with disabilities contesting for seats can be easily reached by the political parties even at the grassroots level”, said Nzioka.
He added that they have groups like the National Council for Persons With Disabilities (NCPWD), United Disabled Persons of Kenya among others which can help them achieve their political ambitions.
Nzioka, who is also a Director at the Disability Marginalized and the Elderly foundation, said that the IEBC should strictly scrutinize all disabled aspirants by asking them to produce a valid certificate from NGEC.
According to NGEC commissioner Simon Ndubai, the memorandum will be tabled at the IEBC before January 4.
“Before the 4th of December, we will hold a national meeting with all political leaders where we hope to strike a deal to ensure that all seats are occupied by the right people,” said Ndubai.
He says that the commission is constitutional under article 59, adding that their main challenge is that they must be connected to the political parties.
The commission is expected to proceed with other workshops at Kisumu, Eldoret and Mombasa before December 4.
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