The ZANU PF district co-ordinating committee (DCC) elections held at the weekend were marred by allegations of vote-rigging, burning of ballot papers and violence in some parts of the country.
Polls were extended from 8 PM Saturday when they were supposed to close, to Sunday noon after ballot papers failed to arrive at some polling stations on time due to rains and flooding of streams.
In Mutare, for instance, names of some candidates were missing from the ballot papers while a vehicle that was supposed to deliver ballot papers broke down in Marondera on Saturday, which delayed the process.
An official who declined to be named told NewsDay that some polling agents were bribing voters and keeping ballot papers in their pockets. The official said:
There is a massive shortage of ballot papers, just imagine there is a ward with 349 registered voters and the ward only received 47 ballot papers. We decided that the ballot papers must be burnt.
In ward four, people are voting at least five or six times with some agents reportedly keeping ballot papers in their pockets and receiving bribes from some candidates to help them rig the elections.
However, ZANU PF Manicaland secretary for administration, Kenneth Saruchera rubbished the rigging allegations saying some candidates were simply cry-babies.