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International observers six months before, after elections

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The MDC-T says international observers must be allowed into the country six months before and after the forthcoming general elections.

The former opposition party set out the conditions in its election document launched last week which Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said should be followed before elections are held in the country.

But Zanu PF secretary or administration Didymus Mutasa yesterday dismissed the MDC-T saying, the issue of election observers can only be dealt with after the President has announced the date of elections.

There is always an agreed criterion on the accreditation of foreign observers, they can come any time, but they have to be accredited, Mutasa said.

Part of the MDC-T document reads: Corrosive violence has been at the epicentre of unsustainable and illegitimate elections that we have had in Zimbabwe.

All the elections we have held in this country (1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2008) have been marred by electoral violence and intimidation that has disenfranchised thousands of Zimbabweans.

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