Zimbabwe's presidential elections get into gear

Election observers are keeping a close watch on the voting process.

A voter waits for his name to be checked on the voter's roll before casting his vote in Zimbabwe's presidential elections on 30 July 2018. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

HARARE - Voting for a new president is in full swing in Zimbabwe, one-and-a-half hours after polls officially opened.

Citizens are voting in what many hope will be a free and fair election, and for the first time without former leader Robert Mugabe at the helm.

Election observers are keeping a close watch on the voting process.

A woman who just cast her vote says that she hopes her decision will help change the country for the better.

"I feel very well. God will help us to do it. It will change our country if we put someone who's better than... you know what I mean."

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe's former finance minister, Tendai Biti, says that the opposition will not accept anything short of an MDC-Alliance victory.

Biti says that if the ruling Zanu-PF is declared the winner in Monday's elections, they will go on to the streets in protest.

Speaking on Radio 702, Biti says that Mnangagwa doesn't have the qualities of a leader.

"He's dour. We will not accept a Mnangagwa victory. Section 67 of the constitution allows us to conduct peaceful demonstrations. We will be on the streets. We will not accept rubbish."

He also says that former Zanu-PF president, Robert Mugabe never expressed his support towards the MDC.

"Mugabe did not support the MDC-Alliance. Mugabe said 'I will not support those who took power through a military coup.' Mugabe said these colleagues who were in the war and we always knew that politics controls the gun and Mugabe said 'I want the country to return to constitutionalism' (sic)."