Zimbabwe Votes in Historic Polls
Today Zimbabweans are voting in the 2018 presidential elections. For the first time former President Mugabe will not feature on the ballot paper. Mugabe, in office since 1980, was removed from power by the military in November 2017. Instead voters will have a choice between Mugabe's former Vice-President and incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who now leads Zanu-PF, the MDC Alliance candidate Nelson Chamisa and more than 20 other candidates.
Zanu-PF and the MDC Alliance both claim to be on track for victory. However, a number of concerns regarding the late and partial issue of the voters rolls, the continued use of violence and intimidation, and secrecy around ballot printing paper have note been fully addressed.
While Mnangagwa is hoping voters will trust him to reform Zanu-PF, at 40 years old Chamisa is hoping to inspire the country's youth to vote for change.