The prime minister's party tried but mbt shoes failed to postpone the July 31 poll date to push through his proposed security reform agenda. Mugabe brushed off the calls, saying it was his rival's tactic to delay elections over fears of "a sure poll defeat." Tens of thousands of police and polling officials in Zimbabwe began casting their ballots two days ahead of the July 31 general elections, when they will be needed on duty. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) said about 87,000 people, the vast majority being mbt uk police officers, are expected to participate in the early voting at 209 polling stations nationwide. The special voting heralds the general elections that will determine the president, more than 200 National Assembly members, and nearly 2,000 local councilors for the next five years. The presidential race would mainly be a contest between veteran President Robert Mugabe and his long-time rival, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. The two, forced into a coalition government after disputed cheap timberland boots elections in 2008, have kicked off intensive campaigning across the southern African country. SLOW PROCESS Sunday's vote was scheduled to start at 7:00 a.m. (local time) and closed at 7:00 p.m.. But in many places, the process was slow due to the lack of ballot paper, ZEC deputy chairperson Joyce Kazembe acknowledged at a press conference. At one polling station at Town House in Harare's central business district, a queue of about 150 officers had formed by 7: 00 a.m.. timberland boots uk Voting started late and proceeded slowly, Xinhua reporters witnessed. At another polling station in Kuwadzana community hall, the vote had not started until near noon, as there were no enough ballot papers. "We have not been told what is happening. I have been waiting since 7:00 a.m.," said one of the police officers queuing up for his chance to vote. The delays called into question whether the country is ready to hold general elections in less than three weeks' time. About 6 million hermes birkin replica people will vote in 9,000 polling stations by the time. Finance Minister Tendai Biti and ZEC chairperson Rita Makarau have both stated that the country has no money for the elections. Makarau said the electoral body received only 38 million U.S. dollars as of last Friday, a far cry from the 133 million dollars it requested for the electoral process. PEACEFUL VOTE Despite the delays, Sunday's special voting appears to be largely peaceful. There are concerns of a repeat of hermes constance the violence in 2008.