ZIMBABWE FINALLY TAKES THE CHOICE TO THE POLLS
By: Winston Sibanda
Zimbabwe’s much awaited elections have finally arrived as many voters flocked to polling stations in the early hours of the morning to beat the queues elections are known for.
Some people from the rural parts of the country made fire to keep them warm awaiting the opening of the polling stations as the weather was not favorable.
The country’s elections have been a trending issue on the social media platforms. President Robert Mugabe broke the ice at the country’s State House yesterday, where he addressed the media concerning the ongoing elections.
The 89-year-old Mugabe assured the nation that whatever the outcome of the elections will be, it is not in his power to hang on to power, thus the power is in the people.
This election has marked the end of an inclusive government that was formed in 2008 to promote peace and stability in the country. As predicted by South African Development Community (SADC) after Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s visit to the country last week, that Zimbabwe was ready to hold elections, so far the voting have converged smoothly with no cases of violence reported yet.
Amongst many Zimbabweans who cast their vote for the first time was Robert Mugabe Junior, Mugabe’s second born. He was accompanied by his parents at the Mhofu Primary School polling station in Harare. The main opposition party leader, Morgan Tsvangirai casted his vote at Mt Pleasant High School, accompanied by his wife.
Polling stations were opened at seven in the morning and the numbers of voters increased as the day went by. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has vowed not to close its doors until everyone has had a chance to vote. According to the new constitution recently elected into law, the outcome of the elections should be announced within five days.