The Institute for Young Women Development (IYWD) and the Alliance of Community Based Organisations (ACBOs) yesterday observed the primary elections of the ZanuPF. The observations, which were, conducted the IYWD and the Alliance’s Dandemuntande Champions are part of a community-based elections initiative using organic structures of mobilisation and socially embedded educational approaches. The initiative is aimed at mobilising young women and men to register to vote, to conduct voter education and observe the electoral environment and elections to influence and assess the electoral process.
The observations of the ZanuPf primary elections on Sunday 29 April is part of a continuum of community observation in rural, farming and mining and peri-urban communities which will continue as other political parties also carry out their own primary elections.
Overally, the Alliance observation teams noted that the Zanu Pf primary elections in observed parts of the country on 29 April were characterised by late or no start at all. There was low voter turn out, averaging below 100 people per the observed polling stations, except at a station in Mazowe West and Rushinga. However the large turnout was mostly elderly people with few young women and men. There were fears of rigging as some aspiring candidates’ names could not be found on the lists. As ballot papers started arriving at polling stations, the observers noticed the active involvement of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) in their uniforms.