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Zimbabwe: Voters react

Voters in Zimbabwe

Official results from Zimbabwe's general election are trickling in amid speculation about vote-rigging.

Voters from across the country have been sending the BBC their experiences and observations after the elections.

Are you in Zimbabwe? Send us your experiences by text on +44 7786 20 50 85 or use the form below - and let us know if you do not want your full name to be published.


Hundreds of Zimbabwean wait in a voting queue on election day in Harare

Tuesday 1 April, 18.32 GMT, Harare: Mandi emailed to say: "I am in one of Harare's suburbs now, there is no electricity. For the past two weeks before the elections, we had electricity 24-7. Some of the results are being announced now but we cannot hear them. Harare right now is like a funeral gathering, everyone is in a pensive mood."

16.54 GMT, Harare: Awaiting the results, Hensley writes in an email: "I pray that the Electroral Commission does not delay any further, for fear of inciting the public into violence. Generally the voting public have been on their best behaviour, and they must be commended."

16.27 GMT, Harare: Ngonidzashe wrote to tell the BBC "Here in Ashdown Park there is a complete lock down and people are being restricted into staying indoors until the results are out. We believe this is all being done to allow rigging or some sort of unfair action."

15.05 GMT, Harare: Liz e-mails: "We are afraid to go back home and walk freely on the streets, the military police are everywhere, people are being harassed for being happy so one has to wear a sad face. Why did they try to put cosmetics on the results? I envy those outside the confines of this country, lucky you!"

14.33 GMT, Harare: An anonymous contributor e-mails to say Zanu PF's chickens are coming home to roost. When Zanu destroyed homes in urban shanty towns under what was known as Operation Murambatsvina (Destroy the trash) in 2005, the shacks of MDC supporters were destroyed. The contributor says "these people then actively campaigned for the MDC in the rural areas. Now the results speak for themselves. No more strongholds for Zanu".

14.32 GMT, Harare: Robert e-mails to say: "I feel that Britain and USA should not interfere directly in the Zimbabwe situation but instead they should put more pressure on SADC. I think we should remain calm and wait for the final results. We are almost there guys, because even if Mugabe does not accept these results, it is time for SADC to isolate him."

13.43 GMT, Bulawayo: Dubindlela e-mails: "It's mind-boggling what the partisan ZEC (Zimbabwe Electoral Commission) is doing by continuing to withhold results. We desperately need a new direction. Any friend of Zimbabwe will agree that the confusion is a product of the "Zanufication" of national political discourse. We hope sanity will prevail."

13.38 GMT, Harare: Darren writes in an e-mail: "The MDC say they have taken photographs of the results published outside the polling stations. Why don't they publish these photos, to prove their claim of a landslide victory? This would highlight the numbers being doctored by the ZEC. Why are Mbeki and the other SADC (the Southern African Development Community) leaders keeping quiet?"

13.25 GMT, Hwange: Bruce e-mails to say the situation is quiet but tense. He says he cannot bear the fact that Mugabe may ignore the election result. "Another five years with Mugabe is like death," he says, "we have suffered, and voted against the regime that is causing this suffering but still Mugabe wants to cling to power."

13.02 GMT, Harare: Austin e-mailed to say he was worried that SADC made an announcement saying the elections were credible. He says they should have made a statement after the results and not before. "Is SADC afraid of Mugabe?" he asks.

12.50 GMT, Harare: Tafadzwa told the BBC that things are calm in Harare. "It is too peaceful," he said, "people are going about their business - so far so good. Maybe the results will be announced tonight." He says if Zanu manipulates the elections, the majority will not accept the result. "We will take to the streets and there will be an uprising," he said.

There is a heavy military presence of armed soldiers in pick-up trucks.
Emmanuel Tumbare
11.32 GMT, Masvingo: Dave e-mails saying that before the election, Zanu supporters were intimidating the electorate and jet fighters flew at low altitudes to instil fear in people. "So they would not let Morgan Tsvangirai rule Zimbabwe, even if he wins," he says.

11.26 GMT, Nyanga: Beven writes in an e-mail: "We are now waiting for tolerance from everybody who would like to see a better Zimbabwe for all, with people of every colour working hand in hand towards prosperity."

11.03 GMT, Harare: Edmund e-mails: "I think in the prevailing situation it is best to maintain the peace and quiet and not engage in any premature celebrations as they might provoke a response from law enforcement agencies."

11.01 GMT, Chitungwiza: Tiriparwendo e-mails saying: "I cannot wait for the results, the old man (Mugabe) is making us suffer for nothing. He is not included in the plans of the young generation."

10.36 GMT, Harare: Diane, a university student, e-mails to say, "there is little hope the Mugabe regime will go. Please pray for us as right now it is a crime to be a Zimbabwean, because we are deprived of our rights and privileges."

10.17 GMT, Harare: McDonald e-mails: "I am worried about the media coverage in Zimbabwe because it is partisan and not revealing the truth of what is going on."

10.12 GMT, Gutu: Kurauone e-mails saying that he lives in a rural area where he had to take a bus for three hours to vote. "Never before had we not voted for Zanu, but this time hunger opened our eyes," he says.

10:11 GMT, Harare: A male voter from Highfield texts: "Just been speaking to a councillor who's won and says not to lose hope. Otherwise people disappointed / angry."

09.56 GMT, Harare: Yannick e-mails to say that opposition supporters cannot celebrate because riot police are present. "They are clad in full riot gear and are intimidating people." He says he saw a man being harassed by police who asked him: "What are you so happy for?"

09.56 GMT, Harare: Gideon writes in an e-mail: "May God save us, please."

09.37 GMT, Harare: Len e-mails: "All the young people I know (25 to 35) are now resigned to the fact that Mugabe has rigged the election and are already making plans to leave the country. It's sad. Really sad."

09:02 GMT, Bulawayo: Emmanuel Tumbare e-mails in with a plea: "We desperately need international help."

08:45 GMT, Harare: A former candidate who stood in the 2005 parliamentary elections, and who wishes to remain anonymous, contacted the BBC reporting what he claims is a new development on the streets of Harare: "The situation...is calm. However there is a heavy military presence of armed soldiers in pick-up trucks."

08:44 GMT, Harare: Sara is keen to quell speculation that Mugabe has fled the country: "I saw his motorcade go past as it made its way into the city at 10.15am this morning, with an added security contingent, probably to work on his victory speech," she says.

08:23 GMT, Bulawayo: Promise e-mails in to say that "people are talking of another Kenya scenario. On the buses, train station and in streets it's obvious change is inevitable."

06:02 GMT, Harare: Louise e-mails saying she voted on Saturday in Chikomba West: "Many people were turned away as they were not on the voters' roll, however, later it came out that another book had been found. People had to go back and check if their names were there. With the cost of transport it is unlikely any returned, or even received the news there was another voters' roll. We were all hopeful but again it looks like the real results will not be announced."

05:10 GMT: An anonymous voter texts: "The results of the 29 March elections are already known because they were posted in each command centre and polling station."

04:50 GMT Harare: Lance e-mails saying there should be concern from the international community. "If they are able to announce the house of assembly results, why can they not announce the presidential results?"

02:11 GMT, Harare: John: "The delay in announcing is worrying. I would urge the electorate to be patient and uphold the tranquillity that so far has been in order since day one of elections. My own view is that peace has prevailed. For the first time, the opposition was allowed to campaign freely including using the national television and radio. There was no intimidation whatsoever."

The BBC has not been allowed to send reporters into Zimbabwe. Some names have been changed to protect their identities.


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