Zimbabwe: Long Queues As Zimbabweans Go to the Polls in Crucial Election

Long queues are being reported nationwide as Zimbabweans vote in an election that analysts describe as the most important in the country's history. And it's a cold day in Zimbabwe if you're standing in a queue for hours.

SW Radio Africa has been getting reports that there is a high voter turnout in both the urban and rural areas in this key election, the first since the disputed contest of March 2008 that triggered weeks of bloodshed.

Most polling stations opened at 7am and are due to close at 7pm but there are fears many will be unable to vote as it's taking a long time at many polling stations to verify voters. ZEC did say that if you were still in the queue at 7pm the stations would stay open to allow you to vote.

There has been less violence around the country but plenty of intimidation against MDC-T supporters.

Our Harare correspondent, Simon Muchemwa, said many voters in the capital arrived at polling stations around 3am and waited patiently in line, sometimes for hours

In Bulawayo, our correspondent Lionel Saungweme told us there is also a high turnout in the city's townships, but voters are frustrated at the slow process of voting.

Source: allAfrica.com
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