> For decades, Zimbabwe's elections have generally delivered the same result.>> They will never be a regime change here.>> But as voters head to the polls on Monday in their first election since the regime was changed and the outcome looking less than certain. Reuters' MacDonald Dzirutwe is in the capital Harare.
>> Zimbabweans go to the polls in a contest pitting the old liberation generation represented by President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zanu-PF, the ruling party, and his main challenger, Nelson Chamisa, the 40-year-old. A lawyer and opposition leader of the Movement for Democratic Change in what is seen as a very tight contest between the two main contenders.
>> Chamisa has found support in Zimbabwe's younger generation, as they associate Mnangagwa, a former trusted lieutenant of Robert Mugabe with the economic mismanagement of the Mugabe era. And it's not just the youth backing Chamisa. On Sunday, Mugabe emerged from his palace in Harare to say he'd be voting for the opposition.
>> I can't vote for Zanu-PF.>> But Mnangagwa does have the advantage of incumbency, the backing of the military, and support in rural areas, whilst Chamisa's popularity is more urban. Both men held final rallies in Harare on Saturday.>> If we miss our opportunity on Monday, we are doomed for life.
]>> Both vow to rebuild Zimbabwe's economy but that could depend on how this election is viewed.>> If we are declared free and fair, by the international community it could mean Zimbabwe being admitted back into the fold. What that means basically that Zimbabwe could now also start to receiving a much needed foreign investment, much needed international credit to rebuild this country which has been in economy quagmire for the past 28 years.
>> The latest polls gave Mnangagwa a slim lead over Chamisa making a presidential run off in september a distinct possibility.