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Zimbabwean Voters In The U.S. Closely Following New Hampshire Primaries


The Democratic nominees for the 2016 U.S. presidential elections: Lincoln Chafee, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders.

The Democratic nominees for the 2016 U.S. presidential elections: Lincoln Chafee, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders.

There are many eligible voters from Zimbabwe who are paying close attention to the U.S. Presidential elections, set for November, hoping their country will take a leaf from how the elections are conducted in a free and peaceful environment.

United States presidential hopefuls have officially started the race for the White House, seeking votes in primary elections, to establish who will be the party's nominee to represent the party on election day.

Candidates from both the Republican and Democratic parties as well as other parties, were pounding the polling stations in the state of New Hampshire, Tuesday, a crucial election battle ground of any candidate hoping to make the White House their official home.

Thomas Kamilindi of VOA's Central African Republic Service who was in New Hampshire Tuesday for the vote, said the mood was electrical with a high voter turnout at one of the polling stations he visited.

Chairman Moses Rumano of the Education Department at Malone University in Canton, Ohio said the Zimbabwe can learn from the voting process that took place in New Hampshire, Tuesday

"There is a very interesting political situation unfolding in New Hampshire it's quite interesting to see how the people will choose the candidate that appeal to them,“said Rumano.

Asked what Zimbabwe could learn from the U.S. election process in New Hampshire and other states, Rumano said the country had many more insights and lessons to learn from the primaries in the United States where both Republicans and Democrats have a chance to choose their favorite candidate, without fear or intimidation.

"The electorate are given the freewill to choose the best candidate, the candidate who appeals to them the most, and there a no cases of violence, intimidation, I thinks this is something we have to learn as a young nation in Zimbabwe, that let the people choose the candidate of their choice and we move forward, “ Rumano said.

Polling stations are required to be open between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. But dozens began taking in voters earlier in the morning, and many will be open later.

While there are many candidates vying for the top post, many have been paying close attention to just a few.

Stealing the spotlight in the Republican party have been businessman Donald Trump, Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, as well as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, son and brother to two former U.S. Presidents.

Meanwhile on the Democratic ticket, eyes are on former First Lady, Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

The next huge event for both the Republications and Democrats will be Super Tuesday, which in general, refers to the Tuesday in March of a presidential election year when the greatest number of states hold primary elections to select delegates to national conventions which each party's presidential candidates are officially nominate to participate in the elections. This will be on March 1.


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