My voting experience  

Yolanda Chioniso Manyenga

When we all vote, we make a difference in our communities. As a registered voter, I had all the energy to go and vote as the day we were all waiting for had arrived.

As I arrived at the polling station I didn’t know where to go or whom to ask about the procedures since I had arrived midday when the voting process had already begun at 7am. There were no queues so I was a bit confused and did not know where to go.

I braced myself up and approached a police officer that was sitting near to the building where voting was taking place to ask about the whole process. She never said a word to me, she just pointed to the wall where there was a voter’s roll pinned to it. I looked for my name and I did not find it. With the attitude I had received from the police officer I decided not to go back to her and ask again where else I would find my name.

There was another marshal who was dressed up in a reflective lime vest with a ZEC tag on his neck who just appeared. I approached him and I am glad he was happy to help me. He showed me the other side of the polling station where I could find my name on the voter’s roll.

As I got to the other polling station, I found my name on the voters roll and I proceeded to go and vote. From there the whole process went well.

I produced my valid Zimbabwean passport to cast my vote for the President, Member of the National Assembly and Local Authority Ward Councillor to the ZEC Usher who was sitting by the entrance of the polling station.

The Presidential election ballot paper was blue, the National Assembly was peach and the Local Authority was grey.

The first step was to go to the ZEC Usher who sanitized my hands, checked my identification particulars and my fingers were also checked for indelible ink if I had not voted elsewhere already.

The usher told me to get in and showed me to the desk where my name was to be checked on the voter’s roll to confirm that I was a registered voter which was the second step. My name was found and it was crossed out to indicate that I had come for voting.

From there the third step was to go to the Statistics Officer that was going to record my age and sex. I was given three (3) ballot papers for the President, National Assembly (MP) and the Local Authority for my constituency which happened to be the fourth step for the voting process.

I went to the next officer who marked my small left finger with indelible ink and that was step number five.

After that I left the officers and proceeded to the booth, I secretly marked ballot papers for my desired candidates with an X and this was step number 6. It was so secretive.

My second from last step was number seven. I folded my ballot papers and placed each in its corresponding colour ballot box which I mentioned earlier then finally I exited the polling station.

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