People with disability decry allegedly ‘stigmatizing language’ during electoral campaigns

Some people with disability in Tanzania have decried the allegedly use of ‘stigmatizing language’ directed to them during the on-going campaign trails taking place all over the country ahead of the Oct 25 General elections.

Speaking at the fourth Persons with Disabilities’ forum organized by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) in Dar es Salaam from 9-10 September to discuss how to strengthen the special group’s participation in the October 2015 elections, some participants wanted authorities to intervene immediately so as to rescue the situation.

Making his contribution at the forum a member of Tanzania Albino Society (TAS) Tabora region, Ramadhan Nassor, said he is an eyewitness that some contestants with disability have been abused based on their disability.

“I have seen a contestant with disability been stigmatized quite openly. His opponents simply appealed to citizens not to vote for him since he is a blind man – who can’t even visualize the road that the former was advocating for its rehabilitation,” lamented Nassor.

Nassor thus called upon authorities to ensure a level-playing field is availed to all contestants in the political campaigns without stigmatizing ones’ disability.

The theme for this year’s disability forum was on “increasing the PwDs engagement in the upcoming General Elections in October”. Over 130 people with disability attended the forum organised by the FCS.


 

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