M&G Hangout: Your thoughts on Zimbabwe’s election

With Zimbabwe's national election less than a week away, concerns continue to be raised about the country's lack of readiness for voting, shortage of funds, chaos with the voters' roll and allegations of electoral fraud.

Early voting for security forces, which kicked off last week, has been marred by a shortage of ballot papers and ink. Zimbabwe's electoral commission said that of the 63 268 people who were eligible to vote in the early polling, only 37 108 voted. 

But the commission insists that they are ready for Wednesday’s polls and that the election "will be credible, free and fair".  

According to analysts, Wednesday's poll is going to be a tight contest between President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. Mugabe is vying for his seventh term in office and is unlikely to give up power willingly. But given the weaknesses of both Zanu-PF and the MDC, and rumours of a coalition between opposition parties, the outcome is uncertain.

What are your thoughts and questions about Zimbabwe’s upcoming election?


Wongai Zhangazha from the Mail & Guardian’s amaBhungane investigative unit will take your questions and discuss the important issues around the elections.

Post your questions in the comment section below, or on Twitter using the tag #MGhangout. You can also tell us what you think on Facebook and Google+. Alternatively, you can email us.

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