SADC observers will not endorse a sham election in Zimbabwe

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) observer mission says it will not endorse a bogus election in Zimbabwe.

TimesLive

The 63-member SADC team‚ led by Angola’s secretary of state in the External Relations ministry‚ Tete Antonio‚ said after meeting political parties in Harare at the weekend that they would not endorse a sham election as their mandate was to witness a fully democratic process.

Political instability in Lesotho‚ skirmishes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)‚ Madagascar – where elections are due in November – and Zimbabwe’s military-engineered removal of Robert Mugabe have cast a bad light on the region in recent years.

“We spoke (to the parties) about consolidating democracy and we understood that democracy is a process and elections are only a part of the process.

With the issue that was raised regarding reforms‚ we understand that steps were undertaken and we have taken note that 13 changes were done‚” Antonio said.

The MDC Alliance is leading protests over issues such as the design of the ballot paper and security around the ballot papers. These issues were raised by the SADC team at a meeting with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

Protests by the alliance were scoffed at by President Emmerson Mnangagwa who said that the July 30 poll would be the most transparent election in the history of the country.

He urged the opposition to approach the courts with their grievances.

“Government has no role in controlling or influencing ZEC at all.

They are guided by the Constitution and Electoral Act of the country.

Those who feel that the ZEC has not complied with the law or constitution‚ our courts are open to deal with such issues‚” he said.

So far‚ grievances brought before the courts in relation to the polls have been thrown out‚ including the latest by visually impaired voter Abraham Mateta who sought an order to have the electoral body print a braille version of the ballot paper.

High Court Judge Charles Hungwe said according to law‚ a visually impaired person was allowed to bring a trusted assistant when casting their vote.

A 2014 report from the University of Zimbabwe said at the time that nearly 10% of the population was visually impaired.

11 Comments

  1. the opposition want to rig the elections coz they want to control everything usurping zec duties.

    1. The majority of City of Harare workers have gone for many months without getting their salaries. Rumours are that, Zanu is demanding huge amounts of money from City of Harare for campaigning leaving workers without salaries. The situation is compounded by City directors who are looting millions leaving workers in abject poverty. HOW CAN YOU EXPECT A CITY WORKER TO GO AND VOTE? VOTE FOR WHAT? FOR CORRUPT POLITICIANS TO DESTROY COUNCILS, NEVER!!! GIVE COUNCIL WORKERS ALL THEIR SALARIES B4 ELECTIONS!

      1. admire taguma

        Harare City Council is MDC controlled. Is MDC sleeping on duty letting Zanu pf “loot” on their watch or u are just talking about stuff u know nothing about?

  2. Ngondi Kamupinya

    There is nothing like “SADC” observers but “SATANIC” observers.history shows,of all elections u observed, 99.9% were sham elections and u endorsed them as FREE,FAIR and CREDIBLE. Go back to your homes bcoz we already know what u are to say after the elections.

    1. thats true

  3. We wont vote!
    Hatisi kuzo Vhota!

  4. Comment… Hatisi kuzovhota

  5. I’ve said it before. These observers are just a waste of time, tax payers money and space. To them its a vacation. You won’t find middle aged jagged up people. They send geriatrics who will spend the time in their hotels rooms and perhaps go to vic falls. I agree with @Ngondi Kamupinya- the lot are satanic observers who lie before God in heaven and that is serious to bare false witness!

  6. These SADC people entertained the 94 year old and his cohorts for 37+ years they are useless they do not seem to care about displaced people for years rubbish is the word for SADC

  7. @Kamupingu, thank you so match,

    we all know the result of the match, it was already played and we all kno the winner,
    so the Ref, SADC observers, useless per se

  8. Bigboy Sibanda

    I have personally written to:Thembinkosi Mhlongo, D Jagai and B Lopi.
    bigboy sibanda
    3 Aug (2 days ago)
    Reply
    to djagai

    Dear Jagai
    My name is Bigboy Sibanda and I am a human rights defender. I am concerned and worried about the situation in Zimbabwe. I would like to know what SADC is doing to address the crisis that has erupted in Zimbabwe just after peaceful elections that took place on the 31/07/18. Surely, SADC cannot just watch in silence while such nasty events are unfolding in Zimbabwe otherwise it will become a useless entity.

    Please update me on your current position and what you are doing to bring stability to once a peaceful country in Southern Africa?

    Please reply me.

    Yours sincerely
    Bigboy Sibanda

    I was told i was talking to the wrong person about this and that, all i wanted to know was whats being done to tackle human rights abuses in Zimbabwe

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