ZESN 2014 Local Government By Election Report

The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) observed the three local government by-elections in Harare, Karoi and Zaka. The By-elections where called in following the death of seating councilors in the following wards Sunningdale ward 12, Karoi Town Council ward 10 and Zaka RDC ward 32.

ZESN deployed 14 accredited observers both mobile and static to observe the by-elections. ZESN observers reported a peaceful electoral process in all three wards albeit the heavy police presence that was reported particularly in Sunningdale Ward 12 and Karoi Town Council ward 10.

ZANU PF was victorious in all the 3 wards.

The by elections were characterized by a decrease in voter turnout as shown by the turnout compared to the number of registered voters in the wards. A new political player in the form of the newly formed NCA took part in the elections. ZANU PF and the MDC T contested and there was the notable absence of the MDC.

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