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Special voting synopsis at 1800hrs
for Democratic Change
The MDC is extremely
worried by the manner in which ZEC is handling the Special Vote
process. The process
continues to be chaotic and engulfed in a plethora of irregularities
which do not only expose ZEC’s lack of readiness to conduct
an election but also the lack of credibility and legitimacy of the
whole process. By 12.00pm today, 90% of the polling had not received
ballot papers, with places such as Beitbridge receiving same as
late as 17.00 hrs today.
The MDC condemns
the delays in the voting process as special voters are being unnecessarily
subjected to waiting for long periods before casting their votes.
Below are recorded
cases that highlight these irregularities:
- In Nketa,
by 14:00hrs, eight people had cast their ballots and 37 had been
turned away because their envelopes were not present. However,
at 1430hrs chaos erupted and voting had come to a standstill following
disagreements between junior and senior police officers when the
latter wanted to jump the queue.
- In Magwegwe,
only seven papers were present at the polling centre instead 350
- At Mabvuku
Hall, there were more than 3000, less than 50 managed to vote
because during the process the computer being used had a fault.
At some point, the computer had to be replaced rendering the whole
- 84 people
cast their ballot at Mai Musodzi centre in Mbare.
- Voting commenced
at 1600hrs across the province.
- MDC election
agents were being turned away in Mutare South and Headlands.
- In Mutare
urban, some ZEC officials were being turned away on the basis
that their envelopes were not available at their respective polling
stations even though their names were in the voters roll.
High School polling station commenced the voting process at 1210hrs
and at St Albert’s centre it started by 1410 hrs.
- In Muzarabani
at Muzarabani High School the voting process started at 1410hrs.
- In Mvurwi,
a Zanu-PF official was addressing police officers before casting
- In Mudzi
and Marondera by 1700hrs they had not received ballot papers.
- In Murehwa
South, there was intimidation of junior police officers by their
- In Chikomba,
Zanu-PF candidate Mike Bimha drove and parked a vehicle covered
in election posters within 100 meters from the polling station.
- 41 ballot
papers were delivered at 1530hrs at Liebenberg polling station.
- In Wedza,
ballot papers arrived at 1600hrs at Wedza Council Boardroom.
- In Zvimba
West voting only commenced at 1530hrs at Murombedzi polling station.
- No ballot
papers have be dispatched by ZEC to the province.
- All the
districts, save for Umguza, had not received their ballot papers
- In Umguza,
90 people had cast their votes at Nyamandlhovhu district council
- In Beitbridge
West and East, most polling centres were still to receive ballot
papers by 1600hrs.
- In Insiza
South, ballots papers only arrived at 1400 hrs.
polling centre is yet to receive ballot papers.
- In Gwanda,
all three polling stations had not received their allocation of
ballot papers by 1700hrs.
- Voting commenced
at 1257hrs in Gokwe Central.
- In Gokwe
Kana voting only began at 1500hrs.
- In Vungu,
polling began at 1400hrs due to the late delivery of ballot papers.
- In Zhombe,
Zanu-PF activists were loitering around a polling station in their
party regalia intimidating police officers waiting to cast their
- In Zvishavane-Ngezi
polling started at 1600hrs.
- In Mberengwa
East, voting began at 1423hrs.
- In Ruwa,
polling only commenced at 1630hrs and officials are using an electronic
- In Goromonzi,
spouses of police masquerading as police officers RDC were being
allowed to cast their ballots.
The MDC notes
with grave concern the discrepancies in the numbers of dispatched
ballot papers and the number of people waiting in queues. Below
is the total number of ballot papers dispatched by ZEC as of 1900hrs;
1. Matebeleland North – 1724
2. Matebeleland South – 153
3. Mashonaland Central – 450
4. Manicaland – 127
5. Mashonaland East – 569
6. Mashonaland West – 435
7. Midlands – 1204
8. Harare – 566
9. Bulawayo – 864
10. Masvingo – 0 (no ballot papers have been dispatched)
a total of 6 092 dispatched ballot papers. However, ZEC states that
over 70 000 applications were approved for the Special Vote meaning
over 60 000 ballot papers are yet to be dispatched. No one knows
when the rest of these ballot papers will be dispatched as this
voting is supposed to close on 15 July.
ZEC, the breakdown of applications is as follows;
1. Army – 140 applications
2. Prison Services – 2000 applications
3. Police – 69 292 applications
4. Ministry of Foreign Affairs – less than one thousand.
of the Special Vote by ZEC leaves a lot to be desired. The system
is fraught with irregularities rendering the process opaque.
We will continue
to monitor the process while engaging ZEC to ensure they address
the irregularities we raised above. Members of security forces must
be assured that, as the MDC we are monitoring the processes.
The law is also
on their side as no one will be allowed to coerce them into voting
candidates other than their choice. Theirs is a special vote to
bring in a fresh start and a special New Zimbabwe, come July 31,
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