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Zanu PF (Masvingo) primary polls dogged by chaos

Story by Reason Dube – Masvingo Correspondant:

Chaos is reigning supreme in Zanu PF `s own going primary elections in Masvingo province amid reports that some Lacoste aligned candidates and party provincial officials have doctored the cell registers removing members they think would not vote for their choices.

Candidates who spoke to ZimOnline this afternoon said there are growing fears if serious rigging saying the intra-party plebiscite risks running into a complete sham and consequently heading to a dismal loss at the hands of the much organised MDC-T alliance.

The most affected areas are Chiredzi South ,Chiredzi West ,Mwenezi East and Chivi South where cell registers were deliberately altered with most members including some contesting candidates missing. This haa seen a large number of voters being turned away over the same issue -not appearing in the cell registers.

“This election is going to be a sham if the national election directorate led by Lt Gen Engelbert Rugeje does not intervene. Some names have been deliberately removed from cell registers and that shows that the ground is not even at all,” said one of the candidates in Chiredzi.

The situation in Mwenezi East was similar as many candidates are reportedly fearing the incumbent Josbi Omar ,who by far stands a better chance of retaining the seat given number of developmental projects that he has done for the constituency.

In Chiredzi South the primary election has sitting MP Calliatos Gwanetsa and Zanu PF provincial chairman Ailes Baloyi battling it out. Here Gwanetsa is the favourite while Baloyi who has been accused or the main architecture behind tempering with cell registers is least expected to win the seat.

In Chivi South there is Sitting Mp ,Mafios Utete,Killer Zivhu,Rikios Mhlambelo,Samson Mutsamba,Denis Masomere formerly with the army,Enock Shindi,Samuel Magada and Juliet Hungoedza while Chiredzi West has Darlington Chiwa,Farai Musikavanhu,Francis Moyp and Raymond Sharara.

Mwenezi East has Jabulani Mbereso,Marvelous Chifumuro,Timiti Henning Chishamba,Master Makope,Ngavaite Sifana,Cuthbert Muzara,Francis Mupasi and Josbi Omar.

A visit to most polling stations revealed that there was deep rooted chaos as ballot papers were delivered at around 12 pm while by 1 pm today ,some polling stations had not received ballot papers.
Continued crowds continued to swell as the day progresses.

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