Zimbabweans on Monday will vote in an election that former long-time ruler Robert Mugabe will not participate in – for the first time in 37 years.

For every election over those last 37 years‚ Mugabe had dominated. Now‚ in his absence‚ and his absence – and that of his closest lieutenants purged by Zanu PF last November – has meant a rise of new candidates vying for office in the election.

The election is often referred to as “harmonized election” as voters will at the same time choose a candidates for president‚ parliament and local government on voting day; • The president of Zimbabwe is elected using a two-round system.