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 South Constituency Election Officer Mrs Whitney Mabika said from as early as 1am, long queues were the order of the day at Rujeko High School, but voters were fewer by late afternoon.

As at 3pm 88 872 voters had cast their ballots according to ZEC Mashonaland Central Provincial Elections Officer MrsThenjiwe Mnkandla.

944 voters had been turned away in the province by 3pm mostly due to being under age and being absent from the voters roll while 1704 voters were assisted.

The figure for total voters stood at 105 000 just after 5:30 pm.

UMP votes

Meanwhile, a peaceful environment characterised voting at polling stations in Mashonaland East province areas of Murewa, Uzumba and Maramba Pfungwe constituencies with voting processes proceeding smoothly with no disruptions.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission managed to deliver all the logistics to all the polling stations in Murewa, Uzumba and Maramba Pfungwe (UMP) constituencies and by 7am all the polling stations had opened.

The increase in the number of polling stations also saw voters not staying in queues for long hours.

The presiding officers at Chemhondoro Polling Station in Murewa constituency and Mashambanhaka Polling Station in Uzumba constituency confirmed that voting was smooth and by 12 noon they had recorded more than 500 voters. 

A handful of people were turned away for either not having the appropriate identification papers while a few had their names listed on the exclusion list according to the presiding officers at Nyashonjwa Polling Station in Uzumba constituency and Maramba ‘A’ polling station in Maramba Pfungwe constituency.