Election Trends Report: 23 – 27 July 2018

Reports of violations

Reports were made for 277 people who interacted with the We the People call centre, giving an average of 55 reports per day, more than double the daily average of the previous week. 10 reports were “all is well” leaving 267 calls with reportable violations. Violation numbers reported more than doubled in these five days, from a total of 162 in the previous week to 398 in five days. While the number of peace champions increased this week, the figures above show a significant increase in reports of human rights and election related violations.

Incident reporting increased over the five days, peaking on Friday. The numbers of each type of violation increased in almost every category. However a pattern similar to other weeks was evident; threats of extreme violence are the most common violation, followed by electoral malpractices. Violence and people being forced also increased significantly.

There was a marked increase in electoral malpractices being reported, including new trends related to election day. This included instructions that people will be forced to vote with a ZANU-PF ‘assistant’, will have to queue in an order determined by a village head, and of traditional leaders as polling station agents. There was also an increase in the number of people being denied food and other donor aid, and of vote buying.

Source: We the People of Zimbabwe (WtPZ)

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