(So you've been out on the streets, what's the mood?) I just arrived today but from what I've seen, I've seen small gatherings of opposition supporters and they're worried people aren't turning out because of concerns of intimidation if they do turn out. (You only got access to cover the elections yesterday, so what's it been like for you and your team?) We were turned down earlier this week but got the ok today. the Canadian ambassador here refused to take no for an answer. The one condition is that we not seek an interview with Mugabe. we haven't slept for more than a day trying to get in here. Then we had to go through a very accreditation process, and this time it had shot up from a few hundred which we had to pay in 2005 to $1800 in total, which is the most I've ever heard. (Now the main opposition figure seems confident he's going to win the election tomorrow, why?) That may be the bravado of someone who just has to say that to keep his supporters motivated. The public opinion polls have suggested he does have the largest share of the votes, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll win because he believes this election is being rigged by Mugabe, and other opposition candidates think that is the case as well. (Authorities in Zimbabwe are concerned about post-election violence. Should they be concerned?) The opposition candidate has just told his supporters to make sure their vote is cast and counted properly, a far cry from a call to arms and there doesn't seem to be the kind of violent groundswell that there was in Kenya, for example. (What other observers are there?) Some African ones, some from Libya, some from China, Venezuela and some countries that Mugabe has chosen to scrutinize the vote. That's not good enough for the opposition and other Western nations like the US.

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