The Institute for Community Development in Zimbabwe Trust on the 20th of September 2017 petitioned the Parliament of Zimbabwe to exercise its oversight function and protect the constitutionally guaranteed rights of persons with disabilities to participate fully in the electoral process.

ICOD Zim beseeched the Parliament of Zimbabwe to exercise its constitutional role and address the following issues of public concern:

  1. Protect the constitutionally guaranteed right of persons with disabilities to exercise their rights pertaining to the electoral process in the same way as their able-bodied counterparts;
  2. Oversee the measures ZEC has and will put in place to ensure that persons with disabilities are not disenfranchised; and
  3. Call on ZEC to publicise the measures it has and will put in place to ensure that persons with disabilities participate in the electoral process in the same way as their able-bodied counterparts and ensure that, unlike in the past years in which a myriad of factors like lack of accessible polling stations, lack of voting materials in accessible formats, and inaccessible transportation to and from polling stations rendered the right to vote by persons with disabilities hollow, they can fully exercise their constitutionally guaranteed rights.

Source: Institute for Community Development in Zimbabwe Trust

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