By-elections voting peaceful

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Harare (New Ziana) – Voters were casting their ballots peacefully across the country in Saturday’s one-day parliamentary and local government by-elections, police said.

Polling in the by-elections, in which several political parties were contesting, opened at seven o’clock in the morning with no reported glitches.

A total of 28 constituency and 122 ward seats are up for grabs across the country.

Zimbabwe Republic Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi told New Ziana that no report of violence had been made to law enforcement agencies by mid day.

“So we have not received reports of violence, intimidation or threats so far,” said Nyathi.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has raised concern over some voters who are taking images of marked ballots and circulating them on social media.

In a statement, ZEC chief elections officer Utoile Silaigwana said taking photographs of marked ballots contravenes the Constitution which protects the right to security of the ballot.

“Voters are thus advised to desist from any actions that might compromise this right and the integrity of the electoral process.

“Further, the electorate is advised that taking photographs inside the polling station is prohibited and constitutes a criminal offence in terms of Section 30 of the Electoral Regulations S.1 21 of 2005,” he said.

New Ziana

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