Friday, August 16, 2013

(NEWZIMBABWE, SAPA) South Africa commends pre-election calm
25/07/2013 00:00:00
by SAPA

NO major instances of violence and intimidation have been reported ahead of next week's elections in Zimbabwe, South Africa’s Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim said on Thursday.

South Africa welcomed the fact that the "overall atmosphere" in Zimbabwe was calm ahead of the 31 July polls, he told reporters in Pretoria.

Ebrahim referred to the recent Southern African Development Community Organ Troika on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation, which was held in Pretoria last weekend.

"On Zimbabwe, the summit was pleased to note that all the political parties have committed themselves to ensuring that the forthcoming elections are held in a peaceful environment," Ebrahim said.

"The summit encouraged the government, all political parties and leaders to continue with these commendable efforts which will help realise credible elections."

The summit praised the Zimbabwean government for the manner in which it received observer missions.

About 600 foreign election observers, mainly from African bodies, had been accredited to observe the polls, while 6 000 local observers would also be watching the vote.

"The success of the elections in Zimbabwe will contribute to an improvement in the regional political and security situation," Ebrahim said.

"This will create positive conditions for socio-economic development, contributing to an improvement in the quality of life for the people of Zimbabwe and the region."

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