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Low Turn Out in Zimbabwe Parly By-Elections

Election results are expected Saturday in this by-election boycotted by main opposition parties.

Parliamentary by-elections in Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe and Mount Darwin West constituencies are reported to have been conducted peacefully on Friday with voter apathy reported in both constituencies.

National Constitutional Assembly party candidate in Mt. Darwin West, Reuben Mafigu, told VOA Studio 7 the only complaint he had so far was that of village heads who were putting villagers into groups during the voting process.

In Chirumanzu-Zibagwe, Transform Zimbabwe spokesman, Tapfumaneyi Zenda, said few voters turned up in some polling stations he visited.

Voting started at 7:00 am and the process was set to close at 7:00 pm, with the final results expected Saturday. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission said there were over 75,000 registered voters in the two constituencies.

The two seats fell vacant following the dismissal of former Vice President Joice Mujuru from the government and the elevation of Emmerson Mnangagwa to that post.

Mnangagwa’s wife, Auxillia, is contesting the Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe by-election under the ruling Zanu PF party. Several candidates drawn from obscure parties are contesting the by-elections boycotted by Movement for Democratic Change formations.