FEO: Booklet for visually impaired persons

The SoE, Mohammed Saneem with representatives of the EDAWG during their meeting on Thursday, August 11, 2022. Picture: SUPPLIED

To ensure the general election is accessible for everyone, the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) will prepare and place an A4-sized voter instruction booklet (VIB) for visually impaired persons at every polling station.

This was one of the outcomes of a meeting held between the Supervisor of Elections and the Elections Disability Access Working Group (EDAWG) yesterday.

In a statement, FEO said the VIB would contain fonts of larger size to enable those visually impaired to exercise their right to vote in an informed manner.

“Secondly, the FEO will also be providing the Fiji Society for the Blind with a list of all the candidates in the election and their numbers so that they can prepare this in braille for all of their members,” the statement read.

“The FEO will also be conducting a Community Elections Advocate Training of Trainers with members of Organizations of Persons with Disabilities so that they can conduct community level awareness with their own members in preparing them for the election.”

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said they were trying to ensure that, as far as practicable, the FEO, in collaboration with EDAWG, prepared a general election accessible by all members of the public.

“And in turn boosts the confidence in elections with people from all parts of society,” he said.

The meeting was held to discuss key issues that the EDAWG had raised in preparation for the 2022 General Election.

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