Zimbabwe's July 30 presidential election will provide no clear victor, with 40 percent of voters choosing President Emmerson Mnangagwa and 37 percent his opponent, Nelson Chamisa, according to an Afrobarometer poll released on Friday.
Mnangagwa, who came to power when Mugabe was removed in a de facto coup last November, is on the campaign trail ahead of what is expected to be a tight contest with his main rival, Nelson Chamisa, the 40-year-old leader of the MDC Alliance. It doesn't matter whether it's Chiwenga, who has a farm bigger than what is required in the area.
Zimbabwe's white population has fallen to less than one percent of the country's 16 million after Mugabe imposed the policy to expropriate farms in 2000.
Many farms ended up in the hands of powerful politicians, soldiers or local chiefs and fell into disrepair.
"I wanted to know if my husband's expertise is still needed if he wants to farm and wants to help other people to farm and that is what we are interested in". Then they run it down. He runs it down.
Mnangagwa is hoping to revive a once promising economy, end chronic cash shortages and bring down soaring unemployment.
Opponents dismissed the event as a publicity stunt backed by people with political and financial interests.
"I'm not surprised. You have to look at where this took place", said David Coltart, an MDC senator. "It'll be the community who have business connections".
Just three percentage points separate Mnangagwa and Chamisa, according to an opinion poll by the Afrobarometer research group, which surveyed 2,400 voters across Zimbabwe between June 25 and July 6.
It is the first time in decades that the worldwide observer community is invited to witness the process.
"Parties have generally been able to campaign peacefully", Annan told reporters.
But the opposition has repeatedly expressed concerns, with Chamisa complaining that the electoral process is flawed.
The opposition political party also wants ZEC to be ordered to cease posting ballot papers for the presidential election to applicants who have applied for postal voting.
"Some opposition supporters say they will protest next week if their issues aren't addressed - these accusations and counter-accusations have heightened tensions".