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Zimbabwe Elections: I will not vote for ZANU-PF, says Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe Elections: I will not vote for ZANU-PF, says Robert Mugabe

Mr Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe confidante, has tried to recast himself as a voice for reform, inviting back dozens of election observers and pledging a free and fair vote.

Parliamentary and local races are also on the ballot.

The MDC Alliance has won the Zimbabwe elections, the party's youthful leader Nelson Chamisa said on Tuesday and all that was left was for the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to officially announce his victory. Both leaders are running for the presidency for the first time.

Mnangagwa, who is accused of involvement in election violence and fraud under Mugabe, has vowed to hold a fair vote and invited in worldwide observers - including the previously-banned European Union team.

Mugabe, 94, until his overthrow by the military in November last year, ruled Zimbabwe for almost 37 years.

In the capital, Harare, long queues of voters were formed for several hours prior to the opening of the polls, before easing by mid-afternoon.

The first group of voters were mainly elderly people but there were some youngsters too. Zimbabwe's future is in the balance and nothing is certain. "We can no longer believe that his intentions are to transform Zimbabwe and rebuild our nation", he said. We are one people, with one dream and one destiny.

Meanwhile‚ some command centers in remote areas are yet to receive results from various polling stations because of poor infrastructure.

He was coy about endorsing a candidate ahead of the election in which the former deputy that he fired, President Emmerson Mnangagawa, faces a 40-year-old lawyer and pastor, Nelson Chamisa.

A run-off vote is scheduled for September 8 if no presidential candidate wins at least 50%.

He lingered in his cardboard voting booth, his daughter at his elbow, and placed his three ballots carefully in their boxes.

Nearly all the observers in Zimbabwe have hailed the peaceful environment in the country, saying it was conducive for free, fair and credible elections.

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He added that: "We had that freedom after 1980".

He said the many observers who have visited the country to witness Zimbabwe's electoral processes will learn something from Zimbabwe's democratic processes.

"Average voter turnout was 75%, which we attribute to sound voter education conducted to a receptive electorate", she said.

Hundreds of global observers have been deployed to ensure the vote goes smoothly.

Silaigwana said, "The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has noted with concern the violation of the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13] by one of the candidates contesting in the 2018 Harmonized Elections".

Chigumba said ZEC had received returns from Masvingo, Midlands, Harare and Bulawayo. I can't vote for those who've caused me to be in this situation.

President Mnangawa, in June, blamed an assassination attempt at a political rally on a faction led by Grace Mugabe, wife of ousted president, Robert Mugabe.

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She said even though she had not taken much time to vote in Bulawayo's oldest township of Makokoba, she had received reports from her members that voting lines were moving slowly. I think it is just Chamisa,"he said".

About 5.5 million people were registered to vote in an election viewed by many as an opportunity to move beyond decades of political and economic paralysis.

It is 16 years since the European Union and United States observers have been allowed to monitor elections in the country.