Persons living with disability (PLWDs) in Kericho County have appealed to aspirants and their supporters to ensure peace prevails during the campaign period leading to the August 9, 2022 General Elections.
Speaking to KNA in Litein town on Monday, Kericho County Vice Paralympic Chair Paul Byegon said persons with disability were more vulnerable and could not defend themselves against all forms of violence adding that political aspirants should be considerate of their needs as they too deserved to exercise their democratic right.
“The disabled persons are the ones that suffer the most when chaos erupts, a physically challenged person cannot walk in the event of disruptions same to those who are visually impaired. The disabled need to exercise their democratic rights in deciding who to choose to represent their agenda in government and cannot of campaign rallies are chaotic,” said Byegon.
He implored the aspiring candidates to avoid anything that could provoke conflict but exercise decorum and sell their development agenda to the electorate during the electioneering period rather than inciting their supporters to violence.
Byegon who is physically challenged lauded the disabled for registering as voters saying they were just like other Kenyans and should exercise their constitutional right by participating in the forthcoming elections.
“This time around, we are in the forefront we want to be represented in all the elective posts in Kericho County. We are very hopeful of getting 100 per cent representation in the county assembly posts as well as in the elective positions,” added Byegon.
He noted that it was important to sensitize the electorate on their civic rights and duties in a bid to promote good governance and proper leadership.