Early voting opened on Sunday for police officers and soldiers who’ll be on duty during Zimbabwe’s election at the end of the month.
Zimbabwe’s presidential and parliamentary vote takes place on July 31st. President Robert Mugabe (89) has been in power for 33 years and is standing again. He’s long criticised by rivals and the West for perceived authoritarianism.
In the 2008 election, police and soldiers were forced to vote in front of their superiors in barracks and camps. Today, they’re in public polling centres monitored by all political parties and foreign observers.
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai makes his third attempt to end Mugabe’s long grip on power. Tsvangirai tried to delay the election without success. He says Mugabe is using dirty tricks, such as keeping dead people on the electoral roll, to perpetuate his hold on power.