Voting was marred by low voter turnout in several polling stations visited by The Zimbabwean. Some of the polling stations which recorded low voter turnout at the start of the polling process include the Cowdry Park TM mobile polling station in Luveve constituency and Stanley Square polling station in Makokoba constituency.
“ When I arrived here around 6 am, I was expecting to see long queues but to my surprise only a few people were lining” said a local resident, Brown Mpofu.
The Zimbabwean news crew also visited Fusini Square polling station in Makokoba where the turnout was also very low as compared to the 2013 elections.
Zapu deputy national spokesperson, Patrick Ndlovu also confirmed the low turnout in an interview.
“All the places which I have visited so far I have witnessed very short queues of less than six people .At some polling stations like Old Pumula hall and Gondlwayo primary school there were no queues at all. Maybe the situation might improve as the day progresses” said Ndlovu.
Zanu (PF) Zapu and independent candidates are battling it out in the by-elections in the five vacant constituencies in Bulawayo.
The vacant constituencies are Makokoba, Pumula, Luveve, Lobengula/Magwegwe and Mpopoma/ Pelandaba.
The five constituencies were left vacant following the expulsion from parliament of MPs who defected from the MDC-T and joined the MDC Renewal camp.Both the MDC formations have boycotted the by elections citing uneven electoral field .The MDC-T has been urging its members to either spoil their vote or shun the by –elections.Post published in: News