Will Zimbabwe's election outcome be free and fair?
The polls in Zimbabwe got off to a peaceful start yesterday that augured well for a free and fair elections in that country for the first time since independence in 1980. Fears of voter apathy were also put to rest as millions of the 6.4m registered braved the cold weather to exercise their constitutional right. Political analyst Professor Shadrack Gutto, said the big question was whether Robert Mugabe, president for 33 years, will be ousted by the current Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai.
Tsvangirai is up against Africa's oldest and longest serving leader, who is running for the seventh and perhaps final time, after a series of violent crackdowns, economic crises and suspect elections. Another presidential hopeful, Welshman Ncube of the MDC N, who cast his vote at the Stanley Hall in Makokoba in Bulawayo, did not buy President Mugabe's story that he would leave office once he is defeated.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The New Age Online