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Zim opposition supporters march for electoral reforms

The supporters have been singing and holding up placards ahead of a march to the electoral commission.

FILE: People react as the former president of Zimbabwe's main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Morgan Tsvangirai party delivers a speech during a worker's day rally hosted by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) at Dzivarasekwa Stadium in Harare on 1 May 2018. Picture: AFP

PRETORIA - Hundreds of opposition supporters have gathered at a central Harare square to demand reforms ahead of elections next month.

The supporters have been singing and holding up placards ahead of a march to the electoral commission.

Some of the placards read: "Respect the Constitution" and "No reforms no election".

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) is due to hand over a petition to the electoral commission demanding, among other things, a copy of the new voters roll and a say on who prints the ballot papers for next month’s elections.

There had been fears ahead of this march that clashes could break out between supporters of the MDC and the ruling ZANU-PF party, which called its own march in support of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

But police on Monday barred the ruling party from marching, something that wouldn’t have happened under the previous government of Robert Mugabe.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)