THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has failed to give consideration to people living with disabilities in electoral processes.
A large number of people living with disabilities in Zimbabwe are failing to participate in the country’s electoral processes.
A representative of the People Living with Disabilities, Senator Rejoice Timire, told Zim Morning Post that people living with disabilities were being discriminated against in matters pertaining to elections.
“We have a large number of people who are living with disabilities who need to participate in elections, but they are not able to do so due to lack of resources needed by people living with disabilities,” Timire said.
“Those living with disabilities must be involved in election processes and express their constitutional rights,“ she said.
ZEC has made it clear that they do not have the necessary resources and staff that could assist and help people living with disabilities achieve universal suffrage.
“ZEC does not have necessary resources that are required by people living with disabilities like the deaf and dump,” Time Madondo, the director of voter registration, said.
Madondo said it wqs a constitutional right for every citizen, regardless of disability, to be guaranteed an opportunity to take part in electoral processes.
“ZEC is aware that there are people living with disabilities, but we are not able to provide the resources due to some reasons beyond our control, “he said.
“We managed to register a total of 29 803 people living with disabilities in all provinces of the country. However, not all the people turn up on voting day due to lack of resources,“ Madondo added.