Presidential, Parliamentary and local elections will be held in Zimbabwe today. More than five million voters are expected to exercise their franchise. There are 23 candidates on the Presidential ballot.
A Presidential run-off vote is scheduled for 8th of September, if no candidate wins at least 50 per cent in the first round. The country is going to polls for the first time since former President Robert Mugabe was forced to resign by his generals in November last year. He had ruled the country for 37 years.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mugabe’s former ally in the ruling ZANU-PF party, faces Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change in the landmark vote for the southern African nation. Just on the eve of the polling, 94-year old Mugabe made a surprise intervention, calling for voters to throw his former party out of office.