>> The votes are being counted in Zimbabwe's first election since this man was ousted last year. Former President Robert Mugabe has made his intentions clear, saying earlier, he would vote against his former party, ZANU-PF, in favor of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change. What's less clear is what the rest of the country will decide.
This is a tight contest between the ZANU-PF incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa, who represents the old guard of Zimbabwe's liberation struggle and has a rural support base. And the MDC's Nelson Chamisa, who has galvanized a younger, urban generation, tired of decades of ZANU-PF rule and hit by widespread unemployment.>> If the ballot is an appropriate one, a genuine one and not a bastardized or a fake one, victory is certain for the people.
>> On Monday, Chamisa claimed there were attempts to suppress the vote in his urban stronghold, citing winding queues and deliberate unnecessary delays. The European Union's chief election observer lent some credence to that claim.>> It's totally disorganized.>> Saying many voters had left polling queues in frustration at long delays and that his mission had not yet made a conclusion on how to judge the vote.
That matters because how this election is judged is just as important as who wins, as Reuters McDonald
in Harare explains.>> After the elections, if they are declared free and fair by the international community, it could mean Zimbabwe being admitted back into the fold. What that means is basically that Zimbabwe could now also start receiving much needed foreign investment.
Much needed international credit to rebuild this country, which has been in the economy quagmire for the past 28 years.>> If no presidential candidate secures half the vote, there will be a run-off in September. Dozens of people were killed ahead of the last run-off in 2008. Zimbabweans will be keen to avoid such carnage, which would threaten to replace the dawn of a new era with the chaos of the past.