SADC election observers meet Foreign Affairs Minister

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SADC election observers meet Foreign Affairs Minister

THE SouthernTIMES Mar 19, 2018

    Charity Ruzvidzo

    The Sadc pre-election observer mission, which is in the country to monitor the government’s plan for a credible poll says it’s ready to meet various stakeholders involved in the electoral process.

    Sadc Electoral advisor council chairperson Advocate Leshele Thoahlane and his team  paid the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Lieutenant-General Sibusiso Moyo (Retired) a courtesy call at his Munhumutapa offices this Monday were they exchanged information on the pre-electoral process.

     “Our term of reference is that we should come and assess the state of readiness as far as the preparations for the elections are concerned. The assessment will be done through interacting with various stakeholders starting from today until the end of the week. The stakeholders include number of political stakeholders, the media, and other sectors that are involved in the management of the elections.

    “Out of that interaction we will be able to assess how ready we think the Republic of Zimbabwe is, to hold elections. We will make a report that will go to the executive secretary who will in turn commission another mission that will be coming here during elections to do observations,” said Thoahlane.

    Lt-Gen Moyo (Rtd) said government is eager for support from Sadc to ensure there are credible, free and fair elections in the country.

    “I would like to welcome the pre-observation group which has come to this country. They have come at an appropriate time before there is even any electoral proclamation. This will enable them to understand and provide technical advice which is critical for us to deliver what we desire as a government. We desire a credible, free, fair and transparent election. In our culture as a sub region we believe that SADC is the most critical organisation and therefore we want to get as much technical advice so that we are able to deliver,” he said.

    Harmonised elections are due between July 21 and August 21, 2018.

    The visit by Sadc pre-election observers is part of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s pledge to open Zimbabwe to observers from all over the world during the election period.

     

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