Zimbabwe counts votes in knife-edge election
Zimbabweans wait in line as they prepare to cast their ballots at a polling station in Domboshava, 60km north of Harare, on July 31, 2013, during the general election. Crisis-weary Zimbabweans flocked to vote today in a fiercely contested election. Vote counting was underway in Zimbabwe's tightly fought election Wednesday, amid high turnout and accusations of rigging by President Robert Mugabe's allies who wish to extend his 33-year rule.
At many stations voters started queueing before sunrise in the winter cold hours before polls opened. Mr Mugabe voted before lunchtime in a Harare suburb, where he insisted the poll would reflect the will of the people."I am sure people will vote freely and fairly, there is no pressure being exerted on anyone," he said.
On Tuesday President Mugabe vowed to step down if Mr Tsvangirai was the victor. Mr Tsvangirai, the current prime minister, said that promise should be taken "with a pinch of salt".
Mr Tsvangirai won the first round of voting in 2008, but was forced out of the race after 200 of his supporters were killed and thousands more injured in suspected state-backed attacks. But the 61-year-old former union boss has repeatedly voiced concerns that the election is being rigged.
Mr Tsvangirai's party on Wednesday listed a battery of alleged irregularities. Finance Minister Tendai Biti, a senior member of Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change, said the names of thousands of voters were missing from the electoral roll.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Africa Review Kenya