PoliticsElectionsZimbabwe elections: Tsvangirai confident of clinching presidency

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Posted on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 11:36

Zimbabwe elections: Tsvangirai confident of clinching presidency

By Janet Shoko

Zimbabwean Prime Minister is confident he'll win the presidential elections/Photo©ReutersZimbabweans will on Wednesday elect a new administration amid renewed optimism that long time ruler President Robert Mugabe will be finally toppled.

 

Mugabe who has been in power since 1980 will be seeking another five year term in elections that are likely to be a close contest.

He will face long time rival, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the small Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Welshman Ncube and Dumiso Dabengwa of Zapu, a breakaway faction of Mugabe's Zanu PF party.

Tsvangirai who has failed two previous attempts to unseat Mugabe is seen as a strong contender for the presidency.

He has told his supporters on the campaign trail that he is confident of sending Mugabe "to retirement."

"Mugabe stole the 2008 election and now I tell him not to dare do it again," said Tsvangirai during his last rally in Harare where an estimated 50 000 people attended.

He pledged to reconcile the country, which is heavily polarised as a result of Mugabe divisive leadership style.

"As I stand here before you, as the next leader of this great country, I want to assure everyone that we will pursue an agenda for peace, unity and reconciliation," he said.

"I personally do not believe in revenge. I do not believe in retribution. I do not believe that there is anything to gain from dwelling on the past.

He said he is "not bitter with Mugabe and I am not bitter with anyone in Zanu PF"

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) on Monday said it is confident of running a smooth and credible election.

Zec chairperson Justice Rita Makarau said that the electoral body had learnt lessons from the hiccups of the special vote two weeks ago.

"I am confident that we will run a credible poll and I have no nightmares at all about this election," Makarau said.

Ballot papers had been dispatched to almost all the 9,735 polling stations countrywide by Monday.

The first election results are expected four hours after the close of polling at 7 pm local time.



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