MDC holds final rally ahead of Zim polls

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HARARE – Thousands descended on "Freedom Square" in central Harare on Monday for the MDC's final rally ahead of Wednesday's general elections.

Supporters, dressed in the party colours of red, met for what leaders were ambitiously calling a "cross-over rally" where Zimbabweans could meet the man who could become the country's new president.

Chanting and singing "Bob must go", in reference to President Robert Mugabe, supporters sat in the open field waiting for party leader Morgan Tsvangirai, the country's prime minister, to arrive and address them.

Wednesday's elections will see Zimbabwe elect a new government and parliament following a five-year coalition government mainly made up of Mugabe's Zanu-PF and Tsvangirai's MDC parties.

The rally on Monday was initially banned by the government but was then ruled legal after the MDC filed an urgent application with the High Court.

Mugabe on Sunday warned Tsvangirai against announcing himself as winner of the polls until the results come out, threatening to arrest him if he declared victory before the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announce the results.

Almost 6,5 million Zimbabweans are eligible to vote.

According to the ZEC, 91 percent have registered though this number has already been disputed.

The MDC have alleged that the elections have already been rigged and will neither be free nor fair.

Almost 6,000 local and 600 foreign monitors will observe the electoral proceedings. The observers come from African countries, as Western monitors have been banned from the process.

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