Zimbabwe Elections: Voters Cast Ballots In Landmark Polls

Millions of Zimbabweans are heading to the polls to vote in the country's first elections since independence in 1980 without the name of long-time leader Robert Mugabe on the ballot.

Polling stations opened at 7am (05:00 GMT) on Monday and will close at 7pm (17:00 GMT).

More than five million Zimbabweans have registered to take part in the landmark elections and pick their next president and members of parliament. A total of 10,985 polling stations have been set up across the country.

Twenty-three candidates, 19 men and four women, are running for the presidency - all for the first time. The figure marks the highest number of presidential hopefuls since the end of white minority rule in the country of 16 million people.
Zimbabwe Elections: Voters Cast Ballots In Landmark Polls
President Emmerson Mnangagwa, of the ruling ZANU-PF party, and Nelson Chamisa, of the opposition MDC Alliance, are seen as the top two contenders.
A presidential runoff will be held on September 8 if none of the candidates secures more than 50 percent of the votes.

Official results are expected to be released by Saturday. Zimbabwe Elections: Voters Cast Ballots In Landmark Polls

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