Incumbent Zimbabwe President Emmerson Dambudzo has narrowly won the country’s presidential poll, making him the first democratically elected president to succeed longtime leader president Robert Mugabe. However, the victory, may not be so sweet following contested polls and the death of six people.
Former Zimbabwe Vice President, Joice Mujuru, presidential candidate of the People’s Rainbow Coalition, says the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to disqualify both President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Nelson Chamisa for allegedly breaching the constitution by campaigning 24 hours before election day.
"I hope the choice or the voting which will be done tomorrow, and this is what I regard as the greatest event that should happen, will reform, will throw, thrust away, military, a military form of government and bring us back to constitutionality. We must have a democratic constitution."
Former Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama is leading the Commonwealth Group observing Zimbabwe's 2018 elections. He tells Blessing Zulu of VOA's Zimbabwe Service that the elections are one of the most important and “watershed elections” in the history of the nation.
In an exclusive interview Ambassador Carson, who is part of the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute joint election observation mission to Zimbabwe, says there has been a significant improvement compared to previous elections under Mugabe marred by violence,
"Overall, the situation in Zimbabwe is peaceful and and is stable, and right now, I am looking through my window. The rally that MDC Alliance is making, it’s a very heated campaign. And so I think, all over the country ... we are getting reports that it’s going on in a peaceful way.
Former Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is heading the African Union Election Observation Mission to Zimbabwe. In an interview with VOA Zimbabwe Service reporter Blessing Zulu, he discusses his observations to day, and significance of elections for the country's future.