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Saturday, 24 June, 2000, 11:52 GMT 12:52 UK
In pictures: Zimbabwe's patient voters
People have been queueing since the early hours in Zimbabwe to cast their votes. The high turn-out has meant a long wait for some, eager to take part in the weekend elections

People queueing in Zimbabwe elections
Huge lines of people assembled outside polling stations before dawn

Zimbabweans wait to cast their votes in the southern suburb of Emganwini, nr.Bulawayo
Polls have been busy all over the country, here in the southern suburb of Emganwini, near Bulawayo

Zimbabweans wait to cast their votes in the southern suburb of Emganwini, nr.Bulawayo
The turn out for the elections has been high

Zimbabweans wait to cast their votes in the southern suburb of Emganwini, nr.Bulawayo
Some had slept outside polling stations overnight

Zimbabweans queue to cast their votes in the southern suburb of Emganwini, nr Bulawayo
Others have faced a long journey to the polling stations

A police officer directs a line of voters in the village of Masasa
The election is being watched by Zimbabwean Police and international observers

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