Govt repairs roads to polling stations
Harare (New Ziana) – As the country prepares to hold general elections shortly, the government said on Thursday it had started repairing roads to polling stations to ensure accessibility.
The elections will be held on August 23, for select councillors, members of parliament and president.
Addressing journalists in a post Cabinet briefing, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Monica Mutsvangwa said 4 000km of roads to voting centres have so far been attended to.
“The nation is advised that the Government launched a blitz maintenance of access roads to polling stations throughout the country in order to allow every eligible voter to access the nearest polling station and exercise their right as enshrined in the Constitution,” she said.
“A total of 4 000 kilometres out of a targeted 6 145 kilometres have been attended to through grading, graveling and pothole patching in all the eight rural provinces, while 290 kilometres out of a target of 1 086 kilometres were verge-cleared,” she said.
A total of 18 kilometres out of a targeted 216 kilometres of drainage structures on bridges, pipe drifts and culverts were attended to and the works are still on-going, said Mutsvangwa.
She added: “Zimbabwe continues to beef up its preparedness for the 23rd August 2023 Harmonized Elections.”
According to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, about 12 000 polling stations will be set up to ensure all registered voters cast their ballots under the new delimitation boundaries.