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Social Media Exposing Rigging in 2018 Elections

Zimbabweans have begun exposing irregularities in the country’s voting system ahead of the 2018 harmonized elections using popular social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. The interception of these social media platforms has given ordinary Zimbabweans a powerful voice to expose various dirty tricks being implemented by politicians to stay in power.

It used to be a different scenario a few years ago when the dissemination of news was solely in the hands of print media and state broadcaster ZBC. Before the paradigm shift being brought about by social media in the information and publicity industry, issues of rigging elections were not exposed in real time.

Over the weekend, many people across the country’s ten provinces took their grievances to social media to expose various malpractices that took center stage in the ZanuPF primary elections.

Mbare residents took their protests to Facebook against Tendai Savanhu who resorted to using dirty tricks at the polling station by delaying arrival of ballot papers and also making sure they come in short numbers against the crowd that was waiting to vote.

A ZRP Officer delivering ballot papers at a polling station over the weekend at the beginning of the ongoing ZanuPF Primary Elections

 In other parts of the country, voters took their cases to social media to expose serious irregularities in the ongoing ZanuPF primary elections. Some of the hard evidence brought forward by people has forced the ruling party to order a rerun of the primaries in various constituencies:

Here are some of the irregularity cases being exposed by the public since the voting process began over the weekend:

 

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Shingie Lev Muringi is a Technology Analyst & Digital Media Strategist by profession. He is a qualified Cisco Certified Network Engineer & a BTech. E-Commerce alumni with the Harare Institute of Technology. Shingie is a very passionate technology enthusiast who is driven by a burning desire to be a leading strategist in this digital revolution era where every organization needs to impress the paradigm shift with urgency. He has previously worked for TN Holdings, Steward Bank, Econet Wireless - Ecocash and TechnoMag before joining 263Chat as a Journalist

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