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Zimbabweans vote in crucial presidential election

Up to 6.5 million people are expected to turn out in the Zimbabwe elections

Up to 6.5 million people are expected to turn out in the Zimbabwe elections

Voting is under way in presidential and parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe, where the opposition is seeking to end the 43-year rule of the Zanu-PF party.

Even before polling stations opened, long lines had already started to form in Mbare, a township in the outskirts of capital Harare.

Some told the BBC they were excited to exercise their rights.

The country’s economy is in ruins but a government spokesman said he believed Zimbabweans wanted to give President Emmerson Mnangagwa another term in office.

The campaign has been marked by the arrests of activists from the opposition Citizens’ Coalition for Change, which has been given little exposure on state media.

But earlier this week the party’s candidate for president, Nelson Chamisa, told the BBC he was confident of victory.

Up to 6.5 million are expected to turn out in an election between the old guard and the younger generation eager for change.

Police have warned voters to leave the polling stations after casting their ballot, after some NGOs urged Zimbabweans to defend their vote against manipulation.

 

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