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High turn out for Zimbabwe’s historic polls

For the first time in history after 30 years, Zimbabweans came out in their numbers for presidential, parliamentary and local elections, without any intimidation or fear.

30 Juil 2018    

Most of them who casted their votes said they came out even for the first time because of  the promises the president made that elections will be free and fair with international monitoring. Others came to the polls because they were assured that there was going to be no violence.

Foreign observers have hailed the election as an opportunity for Zimbabwe to break with its repressive past.

Local observers said this years elections was a great difference from elections in the past. 

There are more than 100 observer missions in the Southern African country, some of them include; The AU observer mission, SADC observer mission, Action AID observer mission, AFRIC Observer among others.
The presidential election is expected to be a tight contest between the incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa and his main rival Nelson Chamisa. 

Nicknamed “the Crocodile”, Mr Mnangagwa has pledged to revive a moribund economy, attract foreign investment and mend racial and tribal divisions. Mr Chamisa leads the Movement for Democratic Change (MCD) previously headed by Morgan Tsvangirai, who died in February this year. He has promised wide-ranging economic reforms and pointed to the 35-year age gap between him and the current president.  

A record of more than 20 presidential candidates and nearly 130 political parties are participating. If no presidential candidate wins 50 per cent of the vote, a runoff will be held ‪on 8 September‬.
Voters hope the election will provide a chance to alter the country’s global pariah status and spark a recovery in its failed economy following the long presidency of Mr Mugabe.

Some 5.5 million people were registered to vote and dozens of people waited in line to vote outside many polling stations in Harare, the capital.

 

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