Robert Mugabe (L) and Morgan Tsvangirai. (Pic: AFP)

Zimbabwe elections 101

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.

Robert Mugabe (L) and Morgan Tsvangirai. (Pic: AFP)
Robert Mugabe (L) and Morgan Tsvangirai. (Pic: AFP)

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.

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