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Hundreds turned away in Mudzi West voting


Voting in the Mudzi West by-election where Zanu PF’s Magna Mudyiwa was battling with George Kawaza of the NCA, ended last night with no major incidences reported.


Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) constituency elections officer Loice Masimu said all polling stations opened on time at 7am and voting went on well throughout the day.

Several voters were turned away for coming to the wrong polling station, failing to produce the right identity card or not appearing on the voters’ roll.

A total of 28 400 ballot papers were sent to 30 polling stations for the by-election held following the death of Acquillina Katsande in March.

According to Masimu by 1400hrs, 1 509 people had voted in ward 4, 1 235 in ward 5, 1 256 in ward 7, while 8 872 had cast their votes in ward 8.

In ward 6 317 people had cast their votes by midday yesterday.

Voting ended at 7pm and people were last night converged at the command centre at Chifamba Primary School waiting for the announcement of results.

Masimu said there were no cases of violence reported during the voting process.

“The voting process went on smoothly and we have not received complains,” she said.

Mudzi West is traditionally a Zanu PF stronghold and the seat has been held by the ruling party ever since. In 2000, Ray Kaukonde won the constituency by 92% of the vote garnering 27 000 votes. In 2005, Katsande also overwhelmingly won with 83% of the vote.

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