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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.
On the eve of Zimbabwe's elections, President Robert Mugabe dismissed concerns that the elections will be marred by fraud, in an interview with NBC's Rohit Kachroo.
Zimbabweans voted in large numbers on Wednesday in a fiercely contested election pitting veteran President Robert Mugabe against Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who has vowed to push Africa's oldest leader into retirement after 33 years in power.
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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Left: President Robert Mugabe and his son Bellamine, left, leave after voting at a polling station in Harare on July 31.
Right: Prime Minister and candidate of the Movement for Democratic Change Morgan Tsvangirai votes in Harare, flanked by his wife Elizabeth.
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People wait to cast their vote in presidential and parliamentary elections in Harare on July 31.
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Chizema Najika, 80, shows her card as she leaves in a cart after voting at a polling station in Harare on July 31.