Zimbabweans brave cold to vote in crucial election

Residents of the high-density suburb of Mbare in the Zimbabwean capital Harare line up in the early hours to cast their ballots in presidential elections on July 31, 2013. Aaron Ufumeli / EPA

At one polling station in the eastern province of Manicaland, a key swing region, the line of voters, many wrapped up in blankets amid unseasonably cold weather, stretched for more than half a mile.

"I got up at 4 but still couldn't get the first position in the line," said sawmill worker Clifford Chasakara. "My fingers are numb but I'm sure I can mark the ballot all the same. I'm determined to vote and have my vote counted." 


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