By ZBC Reporters
THE ruling ZANU-PF party says primary elections held across the country this Friday were conducted in an orderly manner with just a few glitches in Binga district due to the long distance between polling stations.
ZANU-PF National Political Commissar Dr Mike Bimha told journalists in Harare that the elections were held in an orderly manner with people turning out in their numbers to cast their votes.
He also noted that results will be posted at the polling stations.
He also commended candidates who have been disqualified for their leadership qualities in accepting the decision of the party.
In Manicaland province, the Zanu PF primary elections were conducted according to set guidelines, with team leader Cde Munyaradzi Machacha saying the process went on well.
“So far, the election process went on extremely well. We started very early in the morning and never faced any challenges in the deployment process with polling stations opening in time. This gave voters enough time to vote. So far, we never had any case of political disturbance or violence.
“We want to thank the people of Manicaland particularly the provincial leadership who have organized this election well. The election is testimony that Zanu PF is the champion of democracy. We cherish the democratic process and as Zanu Pf we respect internal democracy,” ZANU PF Politburo Member Cde Munyaradzi Machacha said.
In Masvingo province, the voting process focusing on Ward 8 of Chivi North and Ward 24 of Chivi South, was marked by a huge turnout, with politburo member Cde Richard Ndlovu confirming a smooth process.
Politburo member Cde Richard Ndlovu said: “We are happy that here in Masvingo the voting process went very well and the turnout was very high showing that people are interested in these elections. We conducted elections for two wards only given that for other vacant areas primary elections were already done.”
The by-elections in Masvingo will be conducted for two constituencies and 9 wards.
The election process took place in an orderly manner in Mashonaland Central where the ruling party is selecting candidates who will contest in the by-elections, with Team Leader Cde Sithembiso Nyoni commending the systematic voting process.
Elections Team Leader Cde Sithembiso Nyoni said: “We have only the local government elections, we don’t have National Assembly. Two went unopposed, so we had five primary elections; two in Bindura and three in the RDCs. My team went around to supervise and I also have visited Bindura. People are coming and the cells registrar is going very well and it’s very systematic.”
Two candidates for Bindura Ward 5 and Guruve have been chosen unopposed to contest in the March 26 by-elections.
The ZANU PF primary elections in Bulawayo were conducted smoothly after seven candidates battled it out for the vacant national assembly seats in Nkulumane and Pumula constituencies, while 30 candidates contested the nine local authority vacant seats.
Bulawayo elections team leader Cde Douglas Mahiya said party members exercised their democratic right in an orderly manner, with the results set to be announced at the party headquarters in Harare.
Cde Douglas Mahiya, the Bulawayo Zanu PF Primary elections team leader, said: “The rule of the game is that all information is sent to the provincial command centre and thereafter winners will be announced from the party headquarters.”
The winning candidates will represent Zanu PF in the by-elections scheduled for the 26th of March.
The ruling party primaries are in preparation for by-elections slated for the 26th of March.