At Haddon and Sly Tent, Harare Central, one voter was handed a folded Presidential ballot which had already been used. The ballot was then destroyed and the voter was given a fresh ballot.
ZANU PF members in party regalia were seen campaigning and putting up posters around the Station. The Presiding Officer was informed and the posters were taken down later on during the day.
At Kuma 10 Water Tap Polling Station there were two assisted voters before 1230 hrs who were totally blind. To manage the numbers without frustrating those who had come early in the morning, there were two queues, one with the general populace and the other with selected voters. There were more assisted voters in Insiza and Lupane recording 20 and 53, respectively.
Poor lighting in most Tent stations has resulted in more assisted voters than necessary. In Lobengula Ward 14, the elderly people with poor eyesight ended up resorting to being assisted. Since there was inadequate lighting at Makokoba, Pumula, Munyoro Shopping Centre, and some parts of Cowdray Park Polling Stations voters were left with no choice but to vote using candles.
ZEC officials’ negligence
When queues had depreciated at a Polling Station in Northend, ZEC officials no longer paid attention to indelible ink on fingers but merely prefered checking identification documents. ZEC officials at some polling stations were failing to communicate with voters because of language barrier.
ZEC facilitates rigging
Goromonzi South, Ward 9 at Proposed Secondary school is reported to have moved all ballot papers from the polling station to Ruwa Rehab Centre. This anomaly is a cause for concern as it is clearly stated that counting MUST be done within the polling station.
At Makokoba`s Efusini polling station there were over 900 people on the voters’ roll but by 1530 hrs, only 300 had voted and they were almost filling up the second ballot boxes. The Presiding officer said this was caused by the high number of the elderly who needed assistance thus slowing down things. There were many people at Entumbane Hall polling station who were complaining of having being in the queue for more than 3 hours and the lines were moving extremely slowly. ZEC officials then opened another polling station at around 1500 hrs in attempt to ease the burden on the already functioning polls.
A veld fire incident had been reported to be disrupting the voting process at New Donnington Farm polling station in Norton. Polling agents and police officers had to abandon the voting process to the farm workers in putting out the fire which broke put out at 1130 hrs.
ZEC has advised journalists not to interview voters at the polling stations as this was contravening with section 7 of the Electoral Act. This had however, not deterred people from sharing information on social media on their experience and events at the polls.
Closing of Polls
The following polling stations in Bulawayo closed at 1900hrs: City Hall Tent B, Premier Bulawayo, St Thomas and Nketa 9 Pentecostal Church. Gwanda Ward 9 in Senondo also closed at 1900 hrs.
However, due to the high number of voters some stations had not closed at 2000 hrs, namely Efusini Polling Station and Entumbane High polling station which had over seventy (70) at the time of closing.
|Polling Station||Time||Number of votes cast||M||F||Number of voters turned away||M||F||Assisted||M||F|
|Imbizo A Primary School||1300hrs||577||267||310||15||10||5||38||5||33|
|Mandwandwe High School||1330hrs||419|
|Nketa Primary AB||1645hrs||600|
|Roman Catholic University A||653||381||272||9|
|Roman Catholic University B||609||346||263||1||None|
|Roman Catholic University C||685||362||323||4|
|Munyoro Shopping Centre||1715hrs||630||306||324||16||8||8||12||4||8|
|Premier High School||1700hrs||618||277||341||9|
|City Hall B||1832hrs||724||357||365||29||19||10||5|
|Mgiqqika A Primary School B||1800hrs||664||345||319||19||13|
|Efusini Shopping Centre||1800hrs||521||259||262||5||33|
|Siziphile Primary Lupane||1846hrs||431||176||255||4||47|
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