Persons with Disabilities in Siaya County have complained over the recent released ODM party list of nominee in the IEBC gazettement.
Led by Charles Juma who is the coordinator for Siaya County network for persons with disabilities, they complained of being shortchanged even after they already presented names of their preferred nominees to ODM party head office.
Mr. Juma stated that as a network they presented 10 names of persons with disabilities and that they were hopping that the nominee would be selected from the presented list which was not the case after all.
He expressed his disappointments citing a nominee by the name Millicent Atieno whom he alleged is a registered voter in Nairobi and that she was only nominated on basis of being a relative of a prominent leaders in the County.
Juma said they are not amused hence are currently challenging the list to the relevant authorities to ensure political parties nominate individuals who understand their plight of persons with Disabilities in Siaya County.
Speaking during a representation and sensitization meeting for PWD at the Siaya Disability Center in Siaya town, Juma at the same breath asked IEBC to ensure they create a conducive environment by making the polling stations more accessible to persons with disabilities on the voting date.
This was echoed by Siaya County Director of disability services Lawrence Kojijo who mentioned that it is a pity that IEBC did not put into consideration the needs of PWD right from the beginning of their preparation exercise.
He therefore challenged IEBC to always create a fair playing ground for PWD by ensuring inclusivity at all levels of their activities this includes giving them a chance for employment too.
He said IEBC should consider bringing shorter booths that will be used by persons who are short or those on wheel chairs so that they too can exercise their voting rights without any interference.
The duo were accompanied by the network chairman Jorim Otieno among other stakeholders who are involved with persons with disabilities in the county.