Post-Elections Report: 31 July – 19 August, 2018 (20 days post elections)

Introduction

We the People of Zimbabwe believe that all citizens of Zimbabwe have the right to choose their political leaders in an atmosphere of peace. Our vision is to unite and mobilise Zimbabweans to work for a peaceful, free and fair election in 2018, as the foundation for a better future. We the People of Zimbabwe believe a peaceful election will create a Zimbabwe in which a culture of peace replaces a culture of fear and enables community development.

Reports of Violations Post-Elections

Reports of violations in this report are primarily from the We the People call centre. Other reports were drawn from narratives of people receiving medical care and a reports verification team. Across these reporting sources, there were 294 reports with violations. Three of these reports were removed, due to being from more than one source, leaving 291 cases.

From the 291 reports of violations, nearly 70% were acts or threats of violence. Violations have been reported every day since elections, particularly at the start of August.

Many reports were not received on the day the violation occurred, meaning that there may be more recent violations which have not yet been recorded. 62% of reports were within 48 hours of the violation, however 17% of reports were recorded 3-6 days after the violation, and 21% were recorded a week or more after. This is consistent with narratives; people stated they are afraid to report incidents to police or medical services, or did not initially know where to seek help or report.

Reports of post-election violations have been consistent in the weeks following elections.

Source: We the People of Zimbabwe (WtPZ)

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