Foundation for Democratic Process
FODEP House, Omelo Mumba Road,
Press statement P. O. Box 32387,
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USE THE BY-ELECTION TO PILOT THE TACTILE BALLOT PAPERS FOR THE BLIND, ECZ urged.
The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) should seize the opportunity in the forthcoming parliamentary and local government by-elections to pilot the use of the tactile ballot papers for the blind in the country.
Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) feels it is the right time ECZ printed and applied the tactile ballot at parliamentary and local government by-election level to see how they would fare among the intended target group.
The country may recall that in the 2011 general elections, the ECZ only produced presidential tactile ballot papers for the blind which were not used or applied effectively due to limited time. Since then, there have been few activities around the popularization and application of the tactile ballot in the electoral process for the blind voters in the country.
We also wish to urge Zambia Agency for Persons with Disabilities (ZAPD) and other disability movements in Zambia to help the ECZ locate such beneficiaries by providing aggregated information on the registered blind or visually impaired voters in the country. This will assist the ECZ print and target materials to the right people in the right places.
FODEP would like to see the right to a secret ballot for our sisters and brothers with disabilities respected in the electoral process in Zambia.
Executive Committee (NEC): Mr. Shepherd Chilombe; President, Mr. Martin Mbewe; Vice President, Mr. Jacob Goma; National Secretary, Ms. Rose Phiri; National Treasurer; Ms. Ethel Mwanza; Vice-National Secretary, Mr. McDonald Chipenzi, Executive Director