Zimbabwe has started the process of free and fair elections - analyst

Zimbabweans are going to the polls in the country's first election without the involvement of long-time leader Robert Mugabe.

Incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa of the ruling Zanu-PF party and opposition leader Nelson Chamisa are the main contenders in the presidential vote.

Political Analyst and the Co-Director of the University Of Johannesburg Dr David Monyae says free and fair is a strong phrase as Zimbabwe finds itself in an imperfect situation.

READ: 'Southern Africa is witnessing a new dawn, Zimbabwe will be the test'

Only in November last year, an entire system, dictatorial system, poor economy and condition on the ground - institutional governance was collapsing and some were completely dead.

Dr David Monyae, Political Analyst and the Co-Director of the University Of Johannesburg

For us to even talk about free and fair, I have observed quite a few elections, including Zimbabwe 16 years ago, They have started a good process I would say and we should expect much.

Dr David Monyae, Political Analyst and the Co-Director of the University Of Johannesburg

What worries me is that Zimbabweans seem not to have a common agenda cut across political parties and that is more important to me. Elections are important however, it is an imperfect environment and you have to look at the major crises in Zimbabwe which are the economy and I am not hearing much of that.

Dr David Monyae, Political Analyst and the Co-Director of the University Of Johannesburg

He says Mnangagwa has done his best by going to the international community and has invited observers.

As we speak, Commonwealth observers are there, some are from the UK...he has managed to bring a sense of free movement of people.

Dr David Monyae, Political Analyst and the Co-Director of the University Of Johannesburg

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