Understanding Voter Apathy In Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is fresh from elections conducted on 26 March 2022. 28 House of Assembly seats and 122 local government vacancies were up for grabs in long awaited by elections which had been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. A voter turnout of 35% was recorded.

The period January to March 2022, was characterized by interesting events and processes typical and atypical of by elections previously in Zimbabwe. First, the elections were to be the first to be conducted under COVID-19 regulations and restrictions. Second, having been a largely a result of recalls within the Movement for Democratic Change- Alliance, the by elections offered the first chance for voters to have a say in matter. Third, they were characterized by huge turnouts at rallies of the new Citizen Coalition for Change (CCC) and Zimbabwe African National Union-

Patriotic Front (ZANU PF). Lastly, the elections came on 26 March and left mixed feelings vis-a-vis the results, the voter turnout, the administration of the elections by ZEC and what this meant going forward and looking at 2023. These brief analyses these with a particular focus on voter turnout. To read full paper, kindly follow the link below:


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