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Otiko Djaba urges persons living with disability to contest in upcoming assembly elections


Date: Sunday May 5, 2019, 4:10 pm


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The Executive Director of Henry Djaba Foundation, Madam Otiko Afisah Djaba has called on persons living with disability having the requisite qualification, influence and passion to serve their communities to boldly come out and contest in the upcoming District Level and Unit Committee Elections.
The renowned international human rights activist encouraged the persons living with disability to see themselves as proud citizens of Ghana and put themselves up to serve their nation in any legitimate capacity. This she said would serve as motivation for other persons living with disability to come out and contribute their quota to the development of Ghana.
The former Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection said the time had come for the society and Ghana as a nation to accept disability as part of human existence, and a condition which can occur to any person either rich or poor, strong or weak, young or old.
The Executive Director of Henry Djaba Foundation who is touching the lives of many persons living with disability especially women and children, appealed to Ghanaians to desist from the needless disrespect, neglect and discrimination against such persons, since they have equal rights under the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
During her live TV show dubbed “Let’s Talk Ability” on TV3 Sunday May 5, 2019 edition, Madam Otiko Djaba disclosed the efforts being made by the Henry Djaba Foundation towards empowering persons living with disability to contest in the district elections.
She encouraged the interested persons living with disability to visit the Henry Djaba Foundation’s official website: henrydjabafoundation.org.gh for details on how they could be helped as candidates in the election which is set to take place on November 26, 2019.
The Electoral Commission (EC) has already released a timetable for the upcoming assembly elections. Activities for the elections are to commence on May 24 to June 2019, a period within which there will be the registration of new voters. From September 22 to 26, there would be the transfer of votes, according to the timetable.
Nomination for Assembly member elections is scheduled for August 25 to 30, while from October 7 to 8, the EC is expected to receive nomination forms for Assembly Members.
According to the timetable, from October 9 to 10, the Commission is to receive Unit committee nomination forms and from November 21 to 25, it would hold an open forum dialogue with candidates at district levels.
However, Madam Otiko Afisah Djaba called on community members, traditional rulers, religious leaders, agencies, civil society organisations and other individuals to support and encourage persons living with disability who would contest in the elections to enable them emerge victorious.

Source: WatchGhana.Com/Edmond Gyebi

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