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Forum Zimbabwe statement of the 2013 harmonised elections
August 18, 2013
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recently held Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) in Lilongwe,
and the subsequent withdrawal
of the 2013 election petition by the MDC-T last Friday it is
with no doubt that the country have to move forward in its developmental
programs and put the election results debacle behind us.
SADC, the African
Union and other observers that included Comesa have in their reports
declared the polls credible, free and fair.
We urge the
Western countries to support the positions of the regional groupings
like SADC, COMESA and African Union who had observers on the ground,
as they said before the elections and Youth Forum Zimbabwe urges
the people to remain peaceful.
In this background
the Youth Forum Zimbabwe wishes to congratulate the Zimbabwe Electoral
Commission for discharging its responsibilities diligently despite
severe constraints it faced and notes with satisfaction the peaceful
atmosphere that characterised the period before, during and after
have a responsibility to nurture this peaceful environment and desist
from any actions which may directly or indirectly interfere with
the peace prevailing in the country. Given the peaceful nature of
these elections and the compelling need to move forward, the Youth
Forum Zimbabwe urges the losers to concede defeat and collectively
move the country towards the developmental trajectory.
The 2013 harmonised
general elections complaints must be taken into account for the
next elections and for the reform agenda which remains very much
incomplete. It is not progressive to encourage a state of affairs
in our country where political parties participate in an election
with only two scenarios: either they win or they dispute the result.
Zimbabwe believes the interests of this country require that we
all move forward focusing on building the economy of the country,
deepening its democratic systems, promoting peace and unity and
encouraging all of us to participate in the public affairs of our
Justice Rita Makarau on August 4 declared President Mugabe as duly
elected President of Zimbabwe. President Mugabe won 61,09 percent
of the votes, while Mr Tsvangirai got 33,94 percent. Zanu-PF also
won a two-thirds majority to dominate the forthcoming National Assembly.
wishes to congratulate the country after President Mugabe was elected
Sadc deputy chairperson, deputising Malawian President Mrs Joyce
Banda who chairs the regional bloc. This is contained in a communiqué
released after the Sadc 33rd Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and
Government Summit in Lilongwe, Malawi, yesterday.
This means President
Mugabe will become the next chairperson of the regional grouping
next year after Malawi completes her one-year term and Harare will
host the bloc’s Heads of State and Government.
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