Harare - The three candidates in Zimbabwe's presidential elections formally submitted their nomination papers on Friday at a special court in the capital Harare.
Papers for President Robert Mugabe were submitted to the nominations court by Emmerson Mnangagwa, the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) secretary for legal affairs.
Former finance minister Simba Makoni, standing as an independent, handed in his papers in person while forms for the main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, were submitted by his senior aide Nelson Chamisa.
Mnangagwa, who is also Mugabe's rural housing minister, said the ruling party was confident of extending its rule both at the presidential vote and the parliamentary elections which are also taking place on March 29.
"We are extremely confident because we have been organising for the last year or so and restructuring the party," he said in brief comments to reporters outside the courthouse.