By Steve Ephraem
CHIMANIMANI- Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in Chimanimani are happy with how the electoral process was inclusive of them.
Tapiwa Sigauke who is the chairperson for Person with Disabilities in Chimanimani revealed that his constituency’s expectations were at least made. Tapiwa and his disabled counterparts in Chimanimani ward 15 cast their vote at Ngangu B polling station on 23 August 2023. Post On Sunday spoke to him after he had made sure that his members had completed voting.
“The terrain of Chimanimani is so rough for those who are wheelchair bound. We made arrangement that everyone who is impaired gets to the polling station and be able to cast his/her vote.
“According to the disability policy in Zimbabwe, Persons with Impairment should be given first preference to votes. That was met. No one from our association complained that he/she was denied that privilege.
“Above all, we wanted to be included in the observation of the election process. Our members were accredited to observe the elections. We are happy with that process. We are hoping that in the forthcoming harmonised election, PwDs shall be accorded more privileges and rights in the electoral process,” he said.
It was at Tarka Primary polling station in Chimanimani ward 12 that a person with visual impairment managed to cast a vote. He was reported to have came earlier and was among the first five voters to make it to the polling station. He travelled to and from the polling station on foot.