EC trains visually-impaired voters on tactile jacket use

The Goaso Municipal Directorate of the Electoral Commission (EC) has trained visually-impaired voters in the municipality on the proper use of tactile jackets for the upcoming December polls.

The jacket is a voting equipment provided by the EC to aid the visually-impaired to cast their ballot by identifying their preferred candidates when they insert the ballot paper into the jacket.
Speaking to Success FM’s Atiewin Mohammed on the sidelines of the training workshop, the Goaso Municipal Director (MCE) of the EC, Martha Osei Agyeman, said: “This year’s election is special, we’ve assured them of the availability of the tactile ballot to enable them cast their votes.
“We’ve also advised them to go to their various centres with their guides so that when you get to the centre and the official insists on taking you to the booth, you tell them: ‘No’, and that you want your guide to take you instead.”

For his part, the Ahafo Regional Chairman of Ghana Blind Union, Mr Charles Addai noted that the training was timely and useful as it would address the challenges the visually-impaired go through in voting.
“We thank the EC for the training, it will help because, sometimes, your choice can be number 2 or 5 but the person assisting you to cast your vote will go and choose another person for you, we’re grateful”, Mr Addai said.
He further appealed to the EC to “ensure the availability of the tactile jacket to those of us who are visually-impaired, as there have been complaints, over the years, to enable us cast our votes successfully.”

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