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 and three wards 8,9 and 46.
The candidates included Tendai Biti of the MDC Alliance, Obert Gutu MDC-T, Mabviko Damiano of NCA, Garikayi Mlambo, Peter Mudavanhu both independent, Jobert Mudzingwane of NPF, Terrence Mukupe Zanu PF, Sibanyoni Linda an independent candidate and Itai Munyoro of the PRC.
There were a few cases of frustration, impatience and unhappy people after waiting for several hours in Ruwa, Epworth, Mabvuku and Tafara but eventually most managed to vote before the cut off time of 7pm.
Many of the people waiting to vote felt that it was time to consolidate their hard-won freedoms, democratic rights and values through the ballot.
The youths including many first time voters and the elderly all felt they had the power and freedom to make choices they want and decisions that will define the country’s future and destiny.
People with disabilities, the elderly, pregnant and nursing mothers were being given special attention and privilege to vote ahead of others.
A few people who did not inspect or carry out their voters’ roll verification exercise following the demarcation of boundaries found themselves at the wrong wards but in the same constituencies and were referred to the correct polling stations especially in Epworth which borders Harare South.
One or two others did not vote because their names did not appear in the voters roll altogether and left a disappointed lot.