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Zim riddled with glitches ahead of elections

A Zimbabwean minister says the country has been faced with issues in the run up to the polls.

A voter registration official inspects identity particulars at Lotshe Primary School in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on 7 May 2013 during the mobile voter registration exercise. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Zimbabwean Education Minister David Coltart on Tuesday said the country's electoral process has been riddled with problems in the run up to Wednesday's polls.

Zimbabweans will vote for a new president and parliament four years after President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai were forced to share power.

Coltart admitted there have been problems.

"We haven't yet received the electronic voters' roll and there have been other signs of sheer chaos. For example, when we had the special votes for the armed forces they didn't deliver the right number of ballots."

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change fears President Robert Mugabe has doctored the list of eligible voters to ensure he beats his rival Morgan Tsvangirai.

Wrapping up his campaign on Monday, Tsvangirai complained that he is yet to see a list of eligible voters.

The MDC has prepared court papers in an attempt to secure the list today.

HEIGHTENED POLITICAL TENSION

Tsvangirai's party reported on Sunday that top party official Morgan Komichi, its deputy national chairperson, was arrested in Harare, three days before this week's elections.

Addressing thousands of supporters in Chinhoyi on Saturday, Tsvangirai said Mugabe had stolen the elections in 2002 and 2008.

Tsvangirai warned Mugabe not to "steal" the vote on Wednesday, so that his veteran rival can exit office with dignity.

After two previous polls condemned by observers as unfair, Tsvangirai is vying to end Mugabe's 33-year rule and a four-year shaky coalition, forced after the chaotic elections in 2008.

Meanwhile, Mugabe has urged Zimbabweans to vote peacefully.

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