THE RULING ZANU-PF party gave the main opposition MDC Alliance a good run for its money in the Chitungwiza ward 24 elections held yesterday.
The MDC Alliance candidate, Yotamu Chigwada, won the by-election by polling 1059 votes against ZANU-PF’s Mercy Guvamombe who polled 998, a close shave of just about 61 votes.
Acccording to the Zimbabwe Election Spport Network (ZESN) and independent elections watchdog, at Seke 3B, the polling station opened on time. There were 6 polling officers from the ZEC.
Each of the 3 contesting parties ZANU PF, MDC Alliance, & MDC T party had polling agents on site. Only 1 elderly woman was assisted to vote.
The Chitungwiza Local Authority Ward 24 seat fell vacant following the death of Alice Chihambakwe of the MDC Alliance who had won the seat in the July 30, 2018 harmonized polls.
Queues were reported to be short at most other polling stations. The polls were largely peaceful, with no major incidents of violence reported.
Below are some of the Twitter reactions to the poll results:
Replying to @mdczimbabwe@nelsonchamisa and 2 others: Margin of 62 votes in an urban area is worrisome
Replying to @mdczimbabwe@nelsonchamisa and 2 others: Those figures are very close, if you are really popular you should have done better than that.
Replying to @mdczimbabwe@nelsonchamisa and 2 others: 998 vavhoteta ZANU hre if so hapana kwatiri kuenda. A narrow win allows vote manipulation. 2023 elections will be rigged.
Denis Mativenga @MativengaDenis29m29 minutes ago: It simply means people voted MDC becoz they were not happy with Zanu PF,not becoz they like MDC. NOW Zanu Pf being principled admited to its mistakes and is correcting that. No one can follow a party that is tossed by every wind unprincipled & uncultured,anything anti Zanu.
Replying to @mdczimbabwe@nelsonchamisa and 2 others: That was close. The Junta tried to rig this one. Where does Zanu-PF get that much votes in Chitungwiza?