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rigging unearthed in Zvimba
July 03, 2013
The just-ended Zanu-PF
primary elections in Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo’s
Zvimba North constituency only attracted 1 600 voters, contrary
to the party’s claims that more than 5 000 people voted in
the area, NewsDay investigations have shown.
Sources claim Zanu-PF
countrywide inflated figures for its primaries.
Zvimba North primary
election documents seen by this paper expose the rigging that took
place as they showed that on average there were not more than 250
votes in 17 polling stations in the constituency.
According to official
results Chombo garnered 6 382 votes.
“Less than 1 600
people voted in Zvimba north and these are the results per polling
station. So where did (Chombo’s) the people come from?”
questioned one of the polling agents for Edwin Matibiri, who was
One document compiled
in protest at the alleged inflation of voting figures stated: “We
refused to sign for the results of the election because there was
evidence of rigging.
“For example, Hunyani
polling station only recorded a total of 44 voters, while Pindi
Park had 149, Kanonwa 196, and Mvou 190. Windsor, which had the
highest voters, only had 915.”
Matibiri refused to comment
on the matter, saying: “In-house Zanu-PF issues cannot be
discussed with the media.”
Mashonaland West provincial
chairperson John Mafa yesterday confirmed that the provincial executive
had received “one or two complaints” which they had
since forwarded to the National Elections Directorate.
“As you know, whenever
elections are held, there will always be people challenging the
results,” Mafa said.
Hundreds of disgruntled
Zanu-PF members from various constituencies have besieged the party
headquarters in Harare, protesting against irregularities in the
just-ended primary elections, widening fissures in the former ruling
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