EU observers offer mixed picture of first Zimbabwe vote since Mugabe’s fall

EU observers offer mixed picture of first Zimbabwe vote since Mugabe’s fall

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By MacDonald Dzirutwe and Joe Brock HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe held its first election on Monday since former president Robert Mugabe was ousted in a de facto coup and European Union observers said the vote was “very smooth” in some places and “totally disorganised” in others. A credible election after Mugabe’s 37-year rule is essential if Zimbabwe is to exit painful sanctions imposed on the government and secure the donor funding and investment needed to stem chronic cash shortages. Elmar Brok, the EU’s chief observer, said many voters, particularly young women, left voting queues in frustration at long delays.