‘Zimbabwe not ready for credible elections’

Zimbabwe are not yet ready for a free, fair or credible election, said a delegation of observers from the USA, Europe and Africa on Friday.

The pre-election assessment group, which consists of the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI), told reporters that they hope that the issues that they disclosed in their report to the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission (ZEC) will be resolved successfully.

“Although the IRI-NDI manufacturing noted several remarkable improvements in the political environment and electoral preparations, compared to previous elections, there are a number of significant opportunities to break down with the past,” said David Dreier, a former congressman from the USA, said. “We consequently still have concerns about the fairness of the process.”

The group recommended Priscilla Chigumba, chairman of the ZEC, that the army should agree to support the presidential candidate who wins the election, regardless of their political commitment.

The group also said that the electoral body should allow significant observation by political parties for the procurement, printing and storage of ballot papers, and that there is also a need for comprehensive training for voters on the anonymity of their voting.

The delegation also told ZEC that a final voter role, which can be analyzed, must be distributed to all political parties, as well as details of how the results will be announced.

Catherine Noone of the Irish Senate said there was still much to be done in the next few days before the election. “I think there is an atmosphere of hope that can be achieved in the country. We hope to see a transparent election. ”

The current pres. Emmerson Mnangagwa invited the international observers to his country. He is in power after a coup in November last year where 93-year-old Robert Mugabe has been killed after 37 years since independence.

Zimbabwe’s election takes place on July 30th. Mnangagwa is opposed to opposition MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa.


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