Voters in Zimbabwe are going to the polls in the country’s first election without the involvement of long-time leader Robert Mugabe who was ousted last year after almost four decades in power.

The main contenders in the presidential vote are incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa, of the ruling Zanu-PF party, and opposition leader Nelson Chamisa.

Mr. Mugabe who first came to power after independence in 1980 said he would not vote for his successor, just as he called for a free and fair election.

Citizens say they hope their votes would change the face of Zimbabwe.