The National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust has appealed to eligible voters with disabilities to go and cast their vote during the May 21 Tripartite Elections.
Speaking in an interview, Kasungu Nice Trust district civic education officer Gerald Chirwa observed that most people with disabilities do not vote during elections despite registering.
“Despite living with a disability, we all have the same rights as Malawians. Therefore, as Nice Trust, we are asking these registered voters to go in large numbers to cast their vote during the polling day,” he said.
Chirwa said the national civic education body has intensified civic and voter education in the district to woo more people, including those with disabilities, to cast their votes next Tuesday.
Jack Mwale, one of the people with disabilities in the district, said they [people with disabilities] face a lot of challenges to cast their votes.
He said one thing that they lack most is civic education on how best they can cast their vote during voting day.
“Most of the time we feel left out as people with disabilities as there are no initiatives targeting us prior to elections. This initiative by Nice Trust gives us hope that we are considered as eligible voters during polls,” said Mwale.