Zimbabwe: People with disabilities demand mandatory disability policy for political parties


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People with Disabilities (PWD) called for mandatory disability policies for all political parties to achieve inclusive participation in the campaign for positions of influence.

People with disabilities argue that there are no policy guidelines that take their particular needs into account across the political spectrum.

Addressing a disability group meeting organized by the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) and Albino Trust of Zimbabwe, people with disabilities said that in addition to the quota system, there is a need for comprehensive policies disability-related obligations by all political parties in order to encourage inclusive participation in political activities. , platforms and positions.

“All political parties should be encouraged to have comprehensive disability policies that will enable people with disabilities to meaningfully participate in the electoral process at all levels. On top of that, all political parties must submit their list of candidates to the ZEC with at least 10% of them being persons with disabilities, and failure to do so must result in a penalty, ”it reads. the minutes of the meeting.

The call follows years of lobbying for a quota for people with disabilities in parliament and other sectors of government and the economy.

Albino Trust of Zimbabwe spokesperson Bruce Nyoni, in an interview with this publication, echoed the need to mainstream disability into general policy.

“There should be a code of conduct or a manual that includes the participation of people with disabilities and how they disseminate information. For example, the problems of interpretation in sign language and how to work in harmony with them. having a disability policy, it will be able to tell you how people with disabilities engage and meaningfully participate in these events and this is where you see problems getting permits to come and play.

People with disabilities also proposed that of the 60 seats through the quota system, 7 be allocated to people with disabilities, 6 be deducted from the 55 for older women and 1 be deducted from the 5 reserved for younger women.

Those reserved for people with disabilities should be appointed through an electoral college system.

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