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By-elections Update: Concern Raised Over Low Turnout

By-elections Update: Concern Raised Over Low Turnout

Observers have raised concern over low voter turnout for by-elections this Saturday with some saying it could be a sign that the electorate no longer trusts electoral processes in the country.

Heal Zimbabwe said:

In all constituencies being observed by @HealZim low voter turnout is a serious cause for concern. What could be the reason for the low voter turnout?

The same observation was made by the Election Resource Centre (ERC) which said:

As at 15:48 Mutasa South Constituency Chikanga Primary B Registered Voters – 800 Votes Cast – 192 Turnout – 24%

Some said the low turnout was an indication that the citizenry does not have faith in electoral processes anymore. There have been reports for years now, that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is partial and is controlled by the ruling ZANU PF.

Both the electoral body and the ruling party deny the accusations.

Meanwhile, Alex Tawanda Magaisa, a former Chief of Staff in the office of a former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, the late Morgan Tsvangirai, suggested that the trend did not start this year. He said:

Perhaps you could compare with previous by-elections for context. My view based on experience is that by-elections generally suffer low voter turnout compared to general elections & it’s not just a Zimbabwean phenomenon. But there could be other reasons which require research.

Zimbabwe is holding the biggest by-elections in the Southern African country’s history. The elections are meant to fill 28 National Assembly seats and over 100 council seats most of which became vacant when MDC-T recalled MDC Alliance members.

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🇲 🇦 🇷 🇦 🇻 🇦 🇿 🇦  2 months ago

𝙒𝙖𝙫𝙪𝙩𝙝 𝙪𝙢𝙡𝙞𝙡𝙤 𝙤𝙡𝙖𝙢𝙖𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙖𝙗𝙞, 𝙗𝙖𝙫𝙤𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙚 𝙖𝙗𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙪 𝙗𝙚𝙣𝙠𝙤𝙨𝙞, 𝙗𝙖𝙛𝙪𝙣𝙖 𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙪𝙦𝙪𝙠𝙤 𝙝𝙖𝙩𝙨𝙝𝙞 𝙞𝙨𝙞𝙦𝙖𝙡𝙚𝙠𝙞𝙨𝙤 𝙚𝙨𝙞𝙮𝙞𝙕𝙖𝙣𝙪.


Vybz Kartel 2 months ago

Vanhu be ccc munongo ukura Kasi amuvhote mozoti mabirirwa


Paul Piki 2 months ago

Hapana chino chinja nema By-elections iwaya. Pawaiwepo nekunge wabiswa zwakangofanana izvi.


Zvagarazviriko 2 months ago

Imbwa yezanu usati hukurira zvisina basa

nhamodzenyikayedu 2 months ago

chinochinja chiripo bhora mugedhiED gowesa tiinde development trajectory Ch****sungata Chinoshandiswa Chakaora (CCC) chakayeva

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Executive Zvimbazi 2 months ago

Prayer To All Zimbabweans:

M**** nenzara vapfanha . Pfumvudza pfumvudza . Muchapinda nayo 2030 .
Hustle chi chinonzi hustle mamai vana**** .

Kubva nhasi munhu wese achatambura zvisati zvakaoneka nani zvake pasi rino.

Kana America ichs semeswa. Japan ichanuhwirwa. Russia icharutsa nekuda kweku tambura kwamuchaita .

HANDEI TINOVHOTA RIGHT NOW.


jab 2 months ago

hama dzangu pane maland line phones anga aripakuadvertyzwa pliz pliz help with #yavo kune vakatora


Charger 2 months ago

hatida kana trust nezec vhotai mega ikoko


Purse 2 months ago

Khupe we are tired nekuvhota pasina better imi musiri macry babies muvhpte caz vamwe munowanawo something politics dzemuno ndekupenga


gandangaguru 2 months ago

why waste time voting for junta


gandangaguru 2 months ago

why waste time voting for junta


muntu 2 months ago

Y is Dr Khupe eyeing the CCC Vp. izanupf, MDC T, mrp etc kukhona. kakhethe lapho not to poison the ccc


teacher 2 months ago

yah indeed a low turnout,people are now tired of zanu,zec and their riggings that brings nothing after all.l personally talked to several people in the morning who confessed they are no longer voting for anyone but to carryon with hustles


Mwonzora Togarasei 2 months ago

Iam coming


Nimrod 2 months ago

Nzondora....deathly quite. the wheels are coming off, brother

Pumura Ordhi Pumura 2 months ago

Coming?

Asi bonyora ka?
Wajaira Nzvonyora kubonyora.
Tibvirepo

Khuphe 4 CCC VP 2 months ago

Yah, it's business as usual, people too busy living their lives. You will see the voting stats. Vanhu havan nguva yekutambisa voting for cry babies. Politics is not for cry babies!!!


Pasi naChamisa 2 months ago

Lizakhala lize likhule you cry babies!!!

DaCool 2 months ago

Ama cry babies kabani wena Siloywa .Vele wazonyanyisa nje kuPindula udinga iAttention

politics 2 months ago

Hapana apa, just wasting tax payers money.



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