Voting continues in Zim

Sinqobile Tessa
PATIENT: Voters at a Bulawayo polling station

amid ballot paper crisis

Some polling stations in Harare and Manicaland are still open and voters will cast their votes till 7pm today as ballot material was only availed this morning.

President Emmerson Mngangagwa used his executive powers to make the extension following delays by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to print and deliver the ballots papers in the affected areas.

The areas, which are mainly opposition strongholds, received their material as early as this morning.

In other places yesterday, voting went on till the wee hours of today as voters were determined to cast their votes despite the delays.

Voting was initially supposed to start at 7AM and close at 7PM yesterday (August 23).

The election has been described as the worst election in Zimbabwe’s post colonial history as it is the first time to have ballot paper challenges.

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Opposition Citizens Coalition for Change said the delays were nothing but a deliberate ploy to frustrate urban voters.

“Stay at the polling stations, vote and victory shall follow. It’s the 11th hour, don’t give into their tactics. The citizens shall govern,” tweeted opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa.

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