Harare — A row has erupted over the order in which the names of Zimbabwe’s 23 presidential candidates taking part in elections at the end of this month, will appear on the ballot paper. Zimbabweans go to the polls on July 30. President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s name is one of those which will appear at the top of the ballot paper. The order of the aspiring presidential candidates is arranged alphabetically according to their surnames and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has arranged for two columns on the ballot paper. On the first column, 14 names are listed and on the second column, nine names are listed. Mnangagwa’s name is at the top of the second column. The main opposition, the MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa, widely tipped to present the biggest challenge to Zanu-PF’s Mnangagwa, has claimed that the order of the ballot paper was deliberately designed by the electoral commission to favour Mnangagwa, so he is at the top of the ballot paper. The printing of the ballot paper...

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