Zimbabwe is holding general elections today, which brings to an end the power-sharing government between President Robert Mugabe and his long-time rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
Here are some key facts about the vote:
- Some 6.4-million Zimbabweans, out of a population of 12.9-million, are eligible to vote at 9 670 polling stations across the country.
- Voting centres will be open from 7am to 7pm.
- Most voters will vote for presidential and parliamentary candidates.
- There are five presidential candidates: President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Dumiso Dabengwa, Welshman Ncube and Kinisoti Mukwazhe.
- There are 210 parliamentary constituencies.
- 60 seats are reserved for women.
- 37 108 police officers and military personnel have already voted.
- Voters will need to be 18 years and above to vote and will have to present a national identity card or a valid Zimbabwean passport.
- The results are expected within five days.
- If no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote, a runoff will be held, likely in September.
View the Mail & Guardian’s special report on the Zimbabwe elections here.