Zimbabweans Head to the Polls: Presidential and Parliamentary Contenders

Zimbabweans Head to the Polls: Presidential and Parliamentary Contenders

Zimbabweans exercised their democratic right by participating in the country’s second general election since the 2017 coup that led to the removal of the late ruler, Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe, who played a pivotal role in Zimbabwe’s journey to independence from Britain in 1980, was overthrown in the coup.

Election Facts and Figures

The election involves various key positions within the country’s governance structure:

1. Positions at Stake

– Voters are directly choosing a president, 210 national lawmakers, and 1,970 local government and municipal leaders.

– The president is elected through an absolute majority.

If no candidate secures at least 50 percent plus one of the votes, a run-off election is initiated.

– Lawmakers and municipal councillors only need a simple majority to secure victory.

2. Presidential Candidates

– Eleven presidential candidates, including one woman, are competing for the country’s highest office.

– Over 600 candidates are vying for elected parliamentary seats.

– Presidential hopefuls each paid US$20,000 to be included on the ballot paper, while those aspiring to be members of parliament paid US$1,000 each.

3. Voting Process

– The voter registration count stands at 6.6 million Zimbabweans out of a total population exceeding 15 million, indicating the potential for a contentious election.

– Voting takes place at more than 12,300 polling stations, open for 12 hours from 07:00 am (0500 GMT) to 07:00 pm (1700 GMT).- Except for diplomats and their spouses, Zimbabweans residing abroad must be physically present in the country to cast their votes.

– Final election results are required to be announced within five days of the polling day.

The election marks a significant moment for Zimbabwe as it continues its democratic journey.

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