Day: July 30, 2018

Zim Elections: Vote counting underway

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) says polling has closed and vote counting is now underway at polling stations countrywide. Addressing a press conference at the Elections Command Centre in Harare this evening, ZEC Chairperson, Justice Priscilla Chigumba said the electoral body managed to clear queues at most polling stations by 7.pm, the stipulated time, adding that vote counting is now underway in the presence of observers and polling agents. She said the voting was generally peaceful, attributing the peace to the presence of police to enforce law and order, and also the maturity of voters. Justice Chigumba also said...

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Polling stations close

Most of the polling stations in Kariba closed by 7pm, the prescribed time. The voting process in Magunje, Karoi and Kariba was peaceful with logistics being in place for efficient polling system.            The voting process began at seven o’clock in the morning with all mechanisms being in place to ensure a smooth process.       Several polling stations visited by the ZBC News including Patmaclean, New Irvine and Johnson in Mahombekombe, ZESA Stores Tent Ward 9, Catholic Tent Ward 5 among other polling stations indicated a peaceful environment with most voters taking less than five minutes to go through the process.          ...

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Voting smooth in Mash Central 

105 000 voters had turned out to vote throughout Mashonaland Central by 5pm out of 531 984 registered voters. Voting in the province was largely flawless with the majority of voters at polling stations visited by the ZBC News crew during the day that include Bradley High School and Mutumba in Madziva and Dotito Primary Schools in Mt Darwin West being peaceful. At Madondo Business Centre in Mount Darwin South, voters endured long queues and the process was much slower. In Mazowe district, voting went on without incident according to Mazowe West District Elections Officer Ms Judith Mazorodze. Mazowe...

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Voting peaceful in Harare

Thousands of Zimbabweans in Harare East, Epworth, Mabvuku, Tafara, Ruwa and Glaudina went out to the polls to exercise their right to elect a new president, legislators and local government leaders and representatives. Voting was peaceful and the voters carried out their responsibility to decide the future of Zimbabwe freely although some polling stations were characterised by long winding queues in the morning while others, especially in the lower density suburbs of Harare, had shorter queues of people wishing to vote throughout the day. Harare East had 9 candidates vying for the legislative assembly seat and 49 polling stations...

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Accident near NSS leaves passengers injured

A near fatal accident occurred along Samora Machel Avenue near the National Sports Stadium (NSS) when a Whitecliff-bound commuter omnibus overturned and rolled leaving most passengers injured. There were no reported deaths and medical personnel and police officers attending the scene declined to...

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2018 elections voting updates

Here are updates of how voting was conducted across the country. Beitbridge voters turn out in numbers Voters turned out in their numbers in Beitbridge to cast their vote in this Monday’s harmonised elections. As early as before sunrise, queues were forming at different polling stations in the Beitbridge area. Many who came to cast their votes were there way before opening time. In areas such as Lesanth, Makombe, Chasvingo, Chikwalakwala, Tongwe, Zezani and Majini, the voters could be seen in long winding queues. The situation was the same in Beitbridge town. There was also a significant number of...

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EU speaks on Zim polls

The European Union (EU) Chief Observer, German national, Mr Elmar Brok says they have witnessed a huge voter turnout, showing that things are changing in Zimbabwe but says they have received some concerns which they will need to verify. Addressing a media briefing during a visit to a polling station at David Livingstone School in Harare, Mr Brok said while there have been huge turnout of voters the EU had made a number of observations of shortcomings during the election monitoring but would need to verify and exchange notes with the African Union (AU), non-governmental organisations and other church...

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SA ready to work with any Zim poll winner: Ramaphosa

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa says his government is prepared to embrace and work closely with whoever wins today’s vote in Zimbabwe. There are 23 candidates vying for presidency in the first election not featuring former President Robert Mugabe and election results are expected with five days. Speaking in Pretoria today, President Ramaphosa, whose country is the current SADC chair, said he is happy that Zimbabweans are voting peacefully across the country. “We are very pleased to hear that the election has started off very well, there are no violent acts, and it means the people of Zimbabwe are...

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Voting going on smoothly: ZEC

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) Chairperson, Justice Priscilla Chigumba says voting is progressing well across the country and 90% of the 10 985 polling stations opened on time this morning. She said this while giving an update on voting currently underway and the situation at various polling stations across the country. Justice Chigumba however revealed that at least two presidential candidates yesterday violated the Electoral Act by publishing or cause the publication of what can be deemed as campaign messages after the prescribed period of campaign has ended. According to the law, parties and candidates are only allowed to...

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UPDATED: Voting commences across the country

Zimbabweans across the country have descended on polling stations to vote for the leadership that will take charge of the country for the next five years. The incumbent President and Zanu PF candidate, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa and his wife, Auxillia cast their vote at Sherwood Primary School in Kwekwe in the morning. Former Vice President Joice Mujuru, who leads the People’s Rainbow Coalition voted at Oriel Girls High School in Harare, while MDC Alliance’s Nelson Chamisa voted at at Kuwadzana 2 Primary School in Harare.   MDC-T leader, Dr Thokozani Khupe voted at Stanley Square, Bulawayo and 12 midday....

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