The Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) congratulates the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) for rolling out the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) blitz which started today. ZPP welcomes the fact that the registration form is disability sensitive as it seeks to know if the voter is visually impaired or has hearing impairment.
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Violence and conflict during political activities is widespread and they have a disproportionate impact on persons with disabilities (PWDs) in a multitude of ways. Through a number of factors, conflict situations also contribute to extreme mental, emotional, and physical harm to individuals with disabilities (acquired through conflict or otherwise), their families and the community at large. These harms and their after-effects can last for year’s even decades, causing further stress between and within communities.
ZIMBABWE is entering an unpredictable terrain laden with potential for progression and regression in the political, social and economic sphere. Replete with history of violence during such political transitions, there are already worrying signs of potential violence. The Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) has been monitoring and documenting reports and incidents from January 2017. These reports and incidents suggest that there are tensions within the country at various levels centred on the political, social and economic state of the country.