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(SUNDAY MAIL ZW) Latest: Obasanjo expresses confidence in Zimbabwe’s electoral systems
Monday, 29 July 2013 14:59
Kuda Bwititi Senior Reporter

African Union Election Observer Mission leader Mr Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed confidence in Zimbabwe’s electoral systems, saying the country has the capacity to conduct credible polls. Addressing journalists soon after meeting MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai in Harare today, Mr Obasanjo said he has already been briefed on the election preparations by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec).

He said his team would only observe the poll and act as “a truthful (information) transmitter”.

“We are hoping for the best. We are going to meet different stakeholders, but whoever we meet, we will try to find out which areas need to be corrected,” said the former Nigerian president who arrived in the country on Saturday.

“Yesterday, when we met the commission (Zec), we said to them that as we go along, there might be things that we want to pass to them because we are not here to conduct the elections but to observe. We are only here as a truthful transmitter.”

Mr Obasanjo said Mr Tsvangirai raised various concerns during today’s meeting.

He added that he would also meet other presidential candidates, civil society representatives, local observers and diplomats, among the different stakeholder groups.

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