Lusaka residents welcome use of Braille in Chawama by-election

The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has been hailed by Lusaka residents over its decision to use Braille in the forthcoming Chawama by-election.

One of the residents, Ms Sarah Tembo, told Millennium Radio News, that the move by ECZ will enable people with visual disability to vote freely.

Zambia Agency For Persons Living with Disabilities (ZAPAD) has applauded the ECZ for its decision to use Braille ballot papers for the visually impaired  in the Chawama by-election.

ZAPAD director for research and rehabilitation Mwiya Mwiya said the decision by ECZ to use Braille ballots will enable the visually impaired persons to exercise their right to vote freely.

“This is a good decision by ECZ to use Braille ballot papers as this will enable the visually impaired persons to exercise the right to participate in the elections of their country,” he said Mr. Mwiya has called on the ECZ to extend the pilot project of printing Braille ballots to 2016 general elections.

“This is a good move by ECZ and we are calling on the electoral body to extend the project of printing Braille ballots to 2016 general elections,” said Mr Mwiya.

Last week ECZ announced that it will use Braille ballot papers for the visually impaired in the Chawama by- election as pilot project.

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