HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Restless Zimbabweans jostled in long lines at ballot boxes Saturday, and the opposition accused poll officials of being deliberately slow to frustrate voters in elections that present the strongest challenge yet to President Robert Mugabe.
Civic groups, opposition supporters and witnesses said violence and intimidation blamed on Mugabe supporters that plagued the election campaign continued on the first of two days of voting, with ruling party militants taking over a few polling stations.
Opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai urged voters in lines that snaked around some stations to be patient and cast their ballots -- believing a strong turnout favored him over the man who has ruled this country since independence in 1980.
The slow pace at the polls, he said, was a new government ploy.
"The intention, of course, is that you frustrate as many voters as you can. Mugabe is trying to move the goal posts to disenfranchise people, these people he thinks will vote against him," Tsvangirai said.
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