Although all the 11 Presidential candidates use the services of the different language interpreters wherever they go, the sign language interpretation for the deaf and dumb are lacking keeping them excluded from the campaign messages and manifestos.
Persons with disabilities want Presidential candidates to provide sign
language interpreters during their campaigns. They argue that persons with
hearing impairments find difficulties to participate in electoral processes,
especially during campaigns and voting.
Although all the 11 Presidential candidates use the services of the different
language interpreters wherever they go, the sign language interpretation for
the deaf and dumb are lacking keeping them excluded from the campaign messages
Speaking in the enhancing transparency and accountability in the electoral
process in Africa meeting hosted by Africa Freedom of Information Centre at
Fairway hotel, Simon Eroku, who has a hearing impairment, says that candidates
need to provide forms of live assistance and intermediaries to ensure that
people with disabilities are catered for.
The meeting with civil society and
journalists is meant to enhance the capacity of journalists and researches on
access to information. He says that as of now, none of the
candidates has readers and professional sign language interpreters or guides to
help people with disability.
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Abdulla Ngati, a visually impaired person from National Union of Disabled Persons
Union (NUDIPU) says that even the infrastructure that the candidates chose is
of great importance. He says although some issues require time and planning,
candidates or the Electoral Commission can translate manifestos into brails for
the people with disability.
He says persons with disability should be integrated into the structures
of services in the country, including among the commissioners of Electoral
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According to statistics from the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, there are 4.5
million people with disabilities in Uganda.