Zim is now ready for elections, says SADC Secretary

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Sharon Kavhu

HARARE - The SADC Electoral Advisory Council (SEAC) which did a pre-election assessment in Zimbabwe has concluded that the country is now ready for elections.

Speaking to journalists after a courtesy call on President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday 20 April, SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, said Zimbabwe is now politically conducive for presidential elections.

“As you are aware, we have a mission, SEAC, which was here doing pre-election observations. We have shared a few issues on our assessment but, generally our findings are that indeed Zimbabwe is set for elections.  Politically, the environment is also conducive in pointing for readiness for elections,” said Dr Tax.

“…this is my first visit since the inception of the new president, so I was here to introduce myself to him and also exchange views as well as to get guidance on SADC issues. We discussed a number of issues, we discussed about elections and also undertook social economic reviews.”

She said there was a need to continue encouraging and assuring Zimbabweans that elections were going to be free, fair and credible.

 “We advise to continue encouraging because the President has been encouraging and assuring Zimbabwe that elections are going to take place and they will be free, fair and credible.  We also call upon all stakeholders to make sure that indeed they are part of the process through using their civic rights and also contribute in ensuring that the elections are peaceful and credible,” said Dr Tax.

 

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