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Zimbabweans rally around their political parties as the presidential vote approaches.
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Harare, Zimbabwe - With days remaining before Zimbabwe's presidential election, political rivals ZANU-PF and MDC-T are making one last effort to influence voters in an election that is likely to be extremely close.

Though the legitimacy of the vote is already under scrutiny with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai accusing President Robert Mugabe and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission of a range of irregularities - including manipulating the voter roll - ordinary Zimbabweans are gearing up to play their part on July 31. As the vote nears, and the mercury rises across the country, it remains business as usual in the country's capital, Harare. 

Despite the rhetoric spewed over the media and in speeches across the country, leaders from all sides have urged supporters to campaign without provocation, and make their choice at the ballot box. Al Jazeera captures the mood in Harare with the vote fast approaching.


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In the country's capital, the MDC-T enjoys mass support as a sea of red engulfs much of the city centre.



/Azad Essa/Al Jazeera

But not far away, ZANU-PF supporters in green lobby and gather for last minute rallies.



/ Azad Essa/Al Jazeera

Contrary to popular perception, MDC-T rallies are not without festivity.



/Azad Essa/Al Jazeera

President Robert Mugabe remains a divisive but an unescapable feature of Zimbabwe's landscape.



/Azad Essa/Al Jazeera

Like so many others, Ma Otilla, 59, cites "freedom" as the reason she supports ZANU-PF.



/Azad Essa/Al Jazeera

Some experts say people turn out at rallies to be seen and avoid intimidation in their suburbs.



/Azad Essa/Al Jazeera

Many of Zimbabwe's youth claim this election is crucial to rebuilding the country.



/Azad Essa/Al Jazeera

For those struggling to make a living, elections remain their only hope for a better future.



/Azad Essa/Al Jazeera

After decades of mismanagement and corruption, ZANU-PF still claims to be the voice of the people.



/Azad Essa/Al Jazeera

Many Zimbabweans feel it will take more than just elections to change the country's fortunes.



/Azad Essa/Al Jazeera

Still, many Zimbabweans believe that change is around the corner.



/Azad Essa/Al Jazeera

Meanwhile, a fierce media war continues to polarise parties and supporters.



/Azad Essa/Al Jazeera

Morgan Tsvangirai remains Mugabe's most ardent foe since Zimbabwe's independence in 1980.



/Azad Essa/Al Jazeera

After almost two decades, many see this election as Tsvangirai's last chance to lead the country.



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In the country(***)s capital, the MDC-T enjoys mass support as a sea of red engulfs much of the city centre.

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But not far away, ZANU-PF supporters in green lobby and gather for last minute rallies.

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Contrary to popular perception, MDC-T rallies are not without festivity.

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President Robert Mugabe remains a divisive but an unescapable feature of Zimbabwe(***)s landscape.

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Like so many others, Ma Otilla, 59, cites "freedom" as the reason she supports ZANU-PF.

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Some experts say people turn out at rallies to be seen and avoid intimidation in their suburbs.

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Many of Zimbabwe(***)s youth claim this election is crucial to rebuilding the country.

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For those struggling to make a living, elections remain their only hope for a better future.

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After decades of mismanagement and corruption, ZANU-PF still claims to be the voice of the people.

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Many Zimbabweans feel it will take more than just elections to change the country(***)s fortunes.

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Still, many Zimbabweans believe that change is around the corner.

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Meanwhile, a fierce media war continues to polarise parties and supporters.

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Morgan Tsvangirai remains Mugabe(***)s most ardent foe since Zimbabwe(***)s independence in 1980.

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After almost two decades, many see this election as Tsvangirai(***)s last chance to lead the country.

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supporters gather for last minute rallies and lobbying.http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Zimbabwe_2013_elections/slideshow/no-caption/fe7dfb670a0ea9d9de323a2319c38485Contrary to popular perception, Zanu-PF rallies are not without festivity.http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Zimbabwe_2013_elections/slideshow/no-caption/fe7dfb670a0ea9d9de323a2319c38485 Azad Essa/Al JazeeraContrary to popular perception, Zanu-PF rallies are not without festivity.http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Zimbabwe_2013_elections/slideshow/no-caption/4c0fd6f1095a65f48acb1748032d22d9President Robert Mugabe remains a divisive but an unescapable feature of Zimbabwe's landscape.http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Zimbabwe_2013_elections/slideshow/no-caption/4c0fd6f1095a65f48acb1748032d22d9Azad Essa/Al JazeeraPresident Robert Mugabe remains a divisive but an unescapable feature of Zimbabwe's landscape.http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Zimbabwe_2013_elections/slideshow/no-caption/0a2e3b2549fdf90005713d82b934ff53Like so many others, Ma Otilla, 59, cites "freedom" as the reason she supports Zanu-PF.http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Zimbabwe_2013_elections/slideshow/no-caption/0a2e3b2549fdf90005713d82b934ff53Azad Essa/Al JazeeraLike so many others, Ma Otilla, 59, cites "freedom" as the reason she supports Zanu-PF.http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Zimbabwe_2013_elections/slideshow/no-caption/8f7a58ebab05d8118f2734debd2e2df4Some experts say civilians turn out to rallies to be seen and avoid intimidation in their suburbs.http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Zimbabwe_2013_elections/slideshow/no-caption/8f7a58ebab05d8118f2734debd2e2df4Azad Essa/Al JazeeraSome experts say civilians turn out to rallies to be seen and avoid intimidation in their suburbs.http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Zimbabwe_2013_elections/slideshow/no-caption/a32397d1c83acdeb898c9f4fea72414dFor many youth who see Zimbabwe as their future, this election is crucial to rebuilding the country.http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Zimbabwe_2013_elections/slideshow/no-caption/a32397d1c83acdeb898c9f4fea72414dAzad Essa/Al JazeeraFor many youth who see Zimbabwe as their future, this election is crucial to rebuilding the country.http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Zimbabwe_2013_elections/slideshow/no-caption/80bb17cc1c04042b5bdbbd223149f3f6For the self-employed struggling to make a living, elections remains their only hope of better future.http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Zimbabwe_2013_elections/slideshow/no-caption/80bb17cc1c04042b5bdbbd223149f3f6Azad Essa/Al JazeeraFor the self-employed struggling to make a living, elections remains their only hope of better future.http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Zimbabwe_2013_elections/slideshow/no-caption/cd962fc5a721d0778853ec05267b2081After decades of mismanagement and corruption, Zanu-PF still claims to be the voice of the peoplehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Zimbabwe_2013_elections/slideshow/no-caption/cd962fc5a721d0778853ec05267b2081Azad Essa/Al JazeeraAfter decades of mismanagement and corruption, Zanu-PF still claims to be the voice of the peoplehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Zimbabwe_2013_elections/slideshow/no-caption/8ca24070c87f00d3d1536a67690908cbMany Zimbabweans feel it will take more than just elections to change the country's fortunes.http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Zimbabwe_2013_elections/slideshow/no-caption/8ca24070c87f00d3d1536a67690908cbAzad Essa/Al JazeeraMany Zimbabweans feel it will take more than just elections to change the country's fortunes.http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Zimbabwe_2013_elections/slideshow/no-caption/c9a924c83cb26188600ce0bb0d454a57Still, a nagging optimism keeps ordinary Zimbabweans believing that change is around the corner.http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Zimbabwe_2013_elections/slideshow/no-caption/c9a924c83cb26188600ce0bb0d454a57Azad Essa/Al JazeeraStill, a nagging optimism keeps ordinary Zimbabweans believing that change is around the corner.http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Zimbabwe_2013_elections/slideshow/no-caption/1f9af038740a0de306b5793adbc03d44Meanwhile a fierce media war continues to polarise parties and supporters.http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Zimbabwe_2013_elections/slideshow/no-caption/1f9af038740a0de306b5793adbc03d44Azad Essa/Al JazeeraMeanwhile a fierce media war continues to polarise parties and supporters.http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Zimbabwe_2013_elections/slideshow/no-caption/ac2326b7771d65ac7ccfd13f61b2be12Morgan Tsvangirai remains Mugabe's most ardent foe since Zimbabwe's independence in 1980.http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Zimbabwe_2013_elections/slideshow/no-caption/ac2326b7771d65ac7ccfd13f61b2be12Azad Essa/Al JazeeraMorgan Tsvangirai remains Mugabe's most ardent foe since Zimbabwe's independence in 1980.http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Zimbabwe_2013_elections/slideshow/no-caption/7908471665c0f6fa74dad5d67c9aa63cAfter almost two decades many see this as Tsvangirai's last chance to lead the country.http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Zimbabwe_2013_elections/slideshow/no-caption/7908471665c0f6fa74dad5d67c9aa63cAzad Essa/Al JazeeraAfter almost two decades many see this as Tsvangirai's last chance to lead the country.

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