AS MILLIONS of Zimbabweans take to different polling stations today to cast their votes, most people in Bulawayo say they are happy with the prevailing peaceful environment.
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Most of those who spoke to Southern Eye yesterday said they had successfully registered to vote and would exercise their democratic right today.
“Although I live and work in Bulawayo, I registered to vote in my rural Nswazi area,” Hector Khumalo said.
“I will go there early tomorrow morning (today) and cast my vote. I will only be back in Bulawayo on Thursday.
“There is peace in Bulawayo and I understand that in the Nswazi area, there have not been any incidents of violence reported.”
Khumalo said he hoped that the party he supports would emerge the winner, although he refused to disclose which one it was.
“When you get into a race, you do so to win and that is what I am hoping for,” he said.
Siduduzile Sigwaza from Luveve suburb said she also managed to register to vote and just like Khumalo, she would cast her vote in rural Tsholotsho.
“I will be travelling there this evening (last night). I hope to get up early and vote,” she said. “We have not seen any incidents of violence.”
An elderly lady from Lobengula suburb, Ree Khumalo, was looking forward to voting today. She had checked her name on the voters’ roll.
“I will definitely vote today. In 2008, I failed to vote mainly because I was not feeling well,” she said before walking away.
Prince Brown from Burnside suburb in Bulawayo said he was going to exercise his right to vote because he wanted to see change.
“We are expecting a totally new government..We do not believe that the government that failed to bring development in 33 years will change anything now,” he said.
“People should accept the outcome of the results and the elections should be peaceful.”
Another resident, Bhekumuzi Tshuma, said he would be voting so that the country could not go back to the 2008 era, where people queued for basic commodities such as mealie meal and bread.
However, some residents said they will not vote because they had not registered.
“I voted in the previous elections and I assume I’m still registered, but when I opened the website to check, my name was not there on the voter’s roll and it’s too late to register now,” William Ncube from Mpopoma suburb said.
“I would have voted for the party that promises to create employment for the youths.”
Thulani Moyo who lives in Emakhandeni suburb said he had failed to register.
“When I wanted to register, I was told that the mobile registration exercise had already been closed,” he said.