———–Zambia Association for Persons with Disabilities has welcomed the move by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to use braille ballot papers in the forthcoming Chawama by election.
Association Director in Charge of Rehabilitation and Research Mwiya Muya, told ZANIS in a telephone interview today that his association is pleased with the commission’s proposal to introduce braille.
Mr. Muya said people with disabilities such as the blind must not be deprived of their rights to vote in secrecy like any other individual.
He also stated that in the past elections some individuals were unknowingly made to vote for candidates who are not of their choice but of the person that escorts them to the polling stations.
Mr. Muya explained that the introduction of braille ballot papers would also increase levels of participation among the blind and help them feel part of the democratic process .
He added that the move would enhance equity among citizenry as well as defeat voter apathy in the country.
The Chawama Parliamentary seat fell vacant following the electing of Former area Member of Parliament Edgar Lungu as republican President.