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2018 elections voting updates

Here are updates of how voting was conducted across the country.

Beitbridge voters turn out in numbers

Voters turned out in their numbers in Beitbridge to cast their vote in this Monday’s harmonised elections.

As early as before sunrise, queues were forming at different polling stations in the Beitbridge area.

Many who came to cast their votes were there way before opening time.

In areas such as Lesanth, Makombe, Chasvingo, Chikwalakwala, Tongwe, Zezani and Majini, the voters could be seen in long winding queues.

The situation was the same in Beitbridge town.

There was also a significant number of senior citizens among the voters who used all modes of transport to get to polling stations.

By midday most of the queues had subsided. Beitbridge has two constituencies which comprise Beitbridge East and West.

Mandara, Harare

Voting progressing smoothly around Harare.

Voting continues to progress smoothly around Harare with one of the presiding officers for Mandara Mrs Perpetual Nguruve saying the voting process has gone smoothly.

Mashonaland Central

Voting in Mashonaland Central got off to a smooth start with thousands of voters exercising their democratic right by mid-morning.

A cross section of voters braved the chilly early morning weather to cast their votes with the polling stations opening promptly at 7 am.

At Mutumbu Primary School in Shamva the voting process also went on smoothly.

There were complaints of delays at Madondo Shopping Centre in Mount Darwin South were 4 candidates are battling it out for the legislative seat.

A significant number of observers is also on the ground in Mashonaland Central.

The environment is peaceful throughout.

Voting in Gweru

People turned in their numbers to cast their vote in the Midlands province.

People started lining up as early as 3am, three hours ahead of the official opening of the polls.

Anxious voters could be seen camped outside polling stations waiting to exercise their democratic right.

A peaceful atmosphere characterised the voting process in Gweru, Kwekwe, Shurugwi and all other parts of the province.

By 11:15 in Mbizo Youth Centre Ward One, 250 people had cast their vote within the first 4 hours of polls being open.

At Lundi Park B Polling Station by one o’clock, 352 people had cast their ballot with only four people having been assisted to vote because of poor eyesight.

Those living with disability were given priority and where they wanted assistance it was quickly afforded by election officers.

Seven whose names were not on the Lundi B Polling Station were redirected to their polling stations nearby.

As the day progressed queues at various polling stations in Mkoba started disappearing.


Voting progressed well with no reported incidence of violence at Chiedza Primary School in Norton.

The Ward Elections Officer for the polling station Mrs Jane Maupa said more than three quarters of the 1400 registered voters had cast the ballot by 1300 hours and they expected the polls to be concluded before 1900hrs.


In Plumtree, Maphisa and Matobo areas, voting went on peacefully with no untoward incidents being recorded.

The voting process that kicked off at the stipulated time of 7am in all the visited areas saw a big number of registered voters exercising their democratic right, especially in the morning.

Large queues were the order of proceedings, especially at Matobo Research Primary, Shashane High School of Matobo North constituency, Sangulube High School of Mangwe Rural District Council and Bula High School that saw as many as 80 people on the queue around midday.

A good number was turned away with the main reasons being the fact that they were registered at a different polling station and the use of wrong identification particulars.

At these polling stations, not all participating political parties seconded polling agents save for MDC-T, Zanu PF, MDC Alliance and Zapu.


In Bulawayo, voting progressed in a peaceful manner with most polling stations having opened for business at 7am.

Some queues started forming as early as 6am in Makokoba and Mzilikazi.

By mid-morning most polling stations were beginning to have long winding queues with the largest numbers being witnessed in Mpopoma.

At Barbourfields Preschool, six people were said to have been turned away.

In Makokoba, four were turned away, one of them was said to have brought a broken national identification card.

At Stanley Square, MDC-T leader who is a presidential hopeful Dr Thokozani Khupe cast her vote at 12 mid-day.

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