Calls to monitor Zim polls

JOHANNESBURG — Civil society group Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition says the participation of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) and international observers is important to ensure elections taking place next year were free and fair.

Report by BusinessDay

The coalition held a briefing in Johannesburg on Wednesday and called Sadc to ensure transparency in the elections and for activism to continue among civil society groups in the region and internationally.

However, political analyst Ibbo Mandaza said last week, elections would most likely take place in 2015 because the country’s laws were not fully aligned with the new constitution.

Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara on Tuesday said elections would go ahead in 2013 regardless of whether the new constitution is adopted and that the current Constitution would determine when elections will be held.

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition director McDonald Lewanika said it was in the region’s best interests to ensure elections were free and fair, for the sake of stability in the region.

Harare Residents’ Association not expecting Zimbos to return

COMBINED Harare Residents’ Association chief executive officer Mfundo Mlilo said he did not expect Zimbabweans living and working in other continents to return to Zimbabwe to vote, but partners were trying to motivate those in neighbouring countries to return and cast their ballots.

“We already have trouble spots in the region and it is not in Sadc’s interest to add one more through a disputed election in Zimbabwe,” he said.

Thabani Nyoni, a spokesman for the coalition, said Sadc and especially South Africa, had a critical role in ensuring the “democratisation of Zimbabwe”.

“South Africa has been mandated by the Sadc community of nations to ensure that it mediates Zimbabwe into credible, free and fair elections.

“Their role continues to be expected in terms of ensuring the full implementation of the Global Political Agreement reforms,” he said.

3 Comments

  1. Kana pasina zvekuriga Zanu pf inotyei kuinvita every jack and jill?Ngavavuye vese maobserver nemamonitor 6 months before and 6 months after maelections.Chero varungu vese regai vauye nekuti hapana chekuhwanda apa. adyiwa adyiwa politics is not a proffession.

  2. it is is not the duty of outsiders to come in the name of election monitors on the invitation of NGOs that have always sworn allegiance to the mdc. first there are not real NGOs because they are funded by foreign governments so its like foreign governments are calling other partial organizations to come and cause havoc enmasse.

  3. I totally agree with Ibho At the moment the situations is not conducive for elections and hopefully by 2015 only when we have implemented Global Political Agreement. This issue of monitors has been done in previous elections but we are still at square one. Its the GPA, have out constitution, referendum and then when the political field is level then we can talk of elections. I urge Civil societies to fight hard to make sure that we acheive this. As for me if this is not done I will not bother myself to come home and vote.

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