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  Chaos in Zimbabwe election
Updated 11 March 2002, 17.36

An election in Zimbabwe to choose the president of the country is in chaos because there isn't enough time for people to vote.

People have been queuing for hours at a time to try and cast their vote, and so many people are still waiting that the courts ordered an extra day of voting.


But not all the voting booths got the message to open again on Monday, and some even sent their votes off to be counted.

Opposition want a fourth day

Voting was only supposed to take place on Saturday and Sunday, and now the opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), want it to carry on into Tuesday as well.

That's because most of the people who are still queuing are in areas of Zimbabwe where lots of opposition supporters live.

The current president is a man called Robert Mugabe, and many people around the world think he is trying to win the election any way he can.

Fact File
The MDC claim Mr Mugabe has:
made it easy for his supporters to vote
but arranged for only a few polling stations in the places where people might vote against him.
beaten up opposition supporters.
used the police to stop the MDC meeting.
People have said he has used violence to make sure people vote for him, and invented lots of strange rules to try and stop opposition supporters voting at all.

It may also be his fault that the queues are so long, because his government reduced the number of places to vote in the areas where the queues are longest.

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