People with disabilities advised to fully engage in upcoming General elections

People with Disabilities (PwDs) have been advised to engage fully as well as champion for wider participation in the upcoming Tanzania General elections slated for the end of October this year.

Giving his remarks at the official opening of the fourth disability forum held in Dar es Salaam from 9-10 September, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) Mr. Francis Kiwanga asked over 139 PwDs present in the forum to be good ambassadors of spreading the word for an increased voter turn out when the later go back to their communities.

He was also of the view that it is important every citizen including the special groups collectively engage to in such a crucial democratic process in the country that only comes after five year’s circle.

“When we engage in elections, we participate in shaping up the destiny of our country. For this reason I even urge you to be good ambassadors for wider participation once you go back to your communities, so that in this year’s election we get to surpass the meagre 43% voter turn out that was recorded in the 2010 elections,” he said.

Mr. Kiwanga, noted that due to previous efforts done by the FCS and other players, including civic education and introduction of persons with disabilities Act, this year will see an increased participation of the group in the elections.

The theme for this year’s disability forum was on “increasing the PwDs engagement in the upcoming General Elections in October”. Over 130 people with disability attended the forum organised by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS).

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