The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is satisfied with the holding of the Lupane East National Assembly by-election held on Saturday, 3 August 2019.
The seat fell vacant following the death of Sithembile Gumbo (ZANU PF) in April due to injuries sustained in a road traffic accident.
Matabeleland North Provincial Elections Officer, Mark Ndlovu, declared that preparations for the election went on smoothly. He said:
We mobilised personnel for running the election. We had adequate vehicles and equipment for the election.
We trained trainers and also conducted voter education for the public.
After the training, there was an introduction of a new programme where we pilot tested the display of voters’ roll at all 62 polling stations in this constituency.
In the last election, many people were turned away from various polling stations for being in the wrong place.
This year we made voters check their names at schools and we did this so that we reduce the number of people who would be turned away from the polling station.
So if they inspect early it is better. And we were not demanding IDs if one wanted to have a look at their names on the voters roll.
So today people went to the relevant polling station.