Zimbabwe Election: Scores of voters registered to vote in Harare East constituency
Scores of voters registered to vote in Harare East constituency in Harare moved to Goromonzi North rural constituency by @ZECzim under unclear circumstances. @eueomzimbabwe @vanyaradzayi pic.twitter.com/QLem1usvoi
— Dewa Mavhinga (@dewamavhinga) July 30, 2018
FREE AND FAIR?
Elections under Mugabe were often marred by intimidation, rigging and widespread violence but the consensus is the build-up to this vote has been better than before, although Chamisa has complained of bias by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.
Chamisa, who honed his rhetorical skills in the courtroom and the pulpit, has attracted young and unemployed voters frustrated with nearly four decades of ZANU–PF rule.
“Victory is certain, the people have spoken,” Chamisa said after casting his ballot in Harare as a cheering crowd chanted: “President! president! The president is here!”
“I have no doubt that by end of day today we should be very clear as to an emphatic voice for change,” Chamisa said.
He will need a large turnout from his supporters in towns and cities, with ZANU-PF dominant in the countryside.
“I’ll vote for Chamisa because it is a vote for change, it is a vote for the youth. Tomorrow we will have a new president,” said Fabian Matsika, a security guard who woke at 4:30 a.m. to travel to his polling station on the outskirts of the capital.
Voting started at 7 a.m. (0500 GMT) and will end at 7 p.m.
“ZANU-PF is the only party that I have voted for,” said Elizabeth Kamhunga, 67, after casting her vote at a school in the Harare suburb of Malbereign.
“We may have made some mistakes but I think President Mnangagwa is the only person who has the interests of Zimbabwe at heart.”