A FEMALE National Assembly candidate for Pumula Constituency said that women thronged the polls in their masses to cast their votes. This was stressed amid visiting a total of 40 Polling Stations within the Constituency so as to monitor the progress of Elections.
The voters roll was registered through the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) process that was conducted from October 2017 – February 2018.
“The polling process was simple and straightforward as it was explained to all voters, “said Sichelesile Mahlangu, Ward 19 Member of Parliament Candidate. “In Pumula South, I visited 16, 13 and 12 polling stations in Pumula South, Pumula East and Pumula North, respectively. However, the queues were long, slowing down the process and demotivating voters.”
Security measures were taken into account as per stipulated requirements by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). Translucent ballot boxes were placed at a visible point were all observers and election agents could see. However, polling stations faced challenges of poor lighting when it was night time and thus increasing the number of assisted voters at some polls.
“The only challenge I noted was lack of lighting at Polling Station tents. This lack of anticipation that the sun would set before 7pm, is slightly worrying but ZEC had already started looking for lights to beam the polling station which is commendable,” said Mahlangu.
Mahlangu also commended ZEC officials for their professional conduct and were highly receptive to the needs of voters as expected. She added that observers and the media were all treated kindly without any unnecessary restrictions and thus ensuring transparency in poll activities.
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