Election date: People speak

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe on Thursday unilaterally made an announcement on the much anticipated elections in Zimbabwe, setting July 31 as the polling date, a move immediately rejected by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

Zimbabweans are eager to go and cast their ballot and as the clock ticks down to Zimbabwe’s polling day, both leading campaigns have come up with different reactions to the proclamation.

Amid the noise, the crush and the excitement, Daily News staff writer Bridget Mananavire spoke to Zimbabweans about the poll date proclamation.

Thompson Kapanga — 33, Security guard and musician

“We want good conditions during elections which will make sure that peace prevails during elections. What we also want is not to have to wait weeks for the announcement of results. You see every polling station will have results posted outside it, so what other calculations will they be making?”

Lornah Manyumbu - 20, First time voter

“I am more than ready to vote, however it pains me that my friends who are ‘aliens’ are having a hard time registering. We voted for this new Constitution but its clauses on aliens are not being respected. I know who I am going to vote for but I will not publicise it, it’s my secret.”

Jonathan Gadaga — 30, Electrician

“We want security during and after the elections and security of our votes. The environment so far is one sided, we see police arresting members of certain political parties leaving out others.  I want a Zimbabwe in which I will be able to buy affordable food and jobs and I can exercise my right to choose a leader I think will offer those things if the conditions are suitable for a free and fair election.”

Steven Ngozo — 47, Politician

“Any day is tea time as long as the necessary reforms are put in place.  But we are well prepared. However, the thing is those people conducting voter registration are so slow they are spending time on one person so at the end of the day many people are being turned away. Aliens are still finding it hard to register.”

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