Monday, October 07, 2013

(TALKZIMBABWE) Sadc Report: Zim elections were “free, peaceful and credible”
This article was written by Our reporter on 2 September, at 18 : 34 PM

The Southern African Development Community (Sadc) has declared Zimbabwe’s July 31 harmonised elections as free, peaceful, credible and a true reflection of the will of the people of Zimbabwe.

This message was contained in the final report commenting on the nature of the elections, issued by head of the Sadc Election Observer Mission to Zimbabwe, Mr Bernard Mwembe.

The report concludes the work of the regional body on the just-ended elections in which President Mugabe won resoundingly by 61 percent of the Presidential vote and gained two-thirds majority in Parliament.

He urged all opposition parties in the country to now start working in unison with Zanu-PF to ensure removal of illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by Western countries.

He said Zanu-PF would remain in power for the next century if sanctions remained in place.

After delivering his report, Mr Mwembe paid a courtesy call on President Mugabe to brief him on his report.

Mr Mwembe said they noted some anomalies such as late provision of the voters roll and media polarisation.

He said despite those anomalies, the 14-member bloc concluded that the election was a true reflection of the will of the people of Zimbabwe.

“On credibility of the election process, a lot has been said to the negative,” he said.

“SEOM however, while agreeing that such issues as the delay of Voters Roll and media polarisation, there so many other elements that when put together elevated the election to a credible status, the free election environment, the peaceful environment in which the election took place, unhindered and non-intimidation to candidates and voters.”

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