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on collision course with Sadc over Zimbabwe elections
Janet Shoko, The Africa Report
June 19, 2013
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Union has dispatched a nine member advance team of election observers
to Zimbabwe ahead of polls President Mugabe wants held by July
his Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa on Tuesday filed a Constitutional
Court application seeking a two week extension to the poll date
following advice from
regional leaders at the weekend.
are that the veteran ruler is not keen on a postponement and will
push for a July 31 poll date.
The AU announced
the deployment of its nine observers through a letter to the Zimbabwean
government early this month.
have called for an early deployment of observers to monitor the
campaign period and the conduct of parties during elections.
ruler's Zanu PF party has refused to allow Western countries to
monitor the polls claiming they were plotting their leader's downfall.
local pressure group, the Zimbabwe
Election Support Network (ZESN) on Tuesday appealed to both
the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the AU to
send election monitors immediately.
the short period to elections we therefore appeal to the Southern
Africa Development Community and the African Union to urgently deploy
both long and short term observers to promote a human rights environment
conducive for credible, free and fair elections,” ZESN said.
Electoral Commission has indicated that it is forging ahead with
plans for July 31 elections.
minister Tendai Biti has insisted that there is no money for elections.
is no poll funding at the moment," he said.
(Zimbabwe Electoral Commission) says it is ready, my understanding
of that statement is they are ready to execute a constitutional
mandate if they are asked to hold elections on a particular date."
Secretary-General Tomaz) Salomao will be going into the region soon
talking to heads of state on election funding and I am willing to
accompany him on the trip.
however, will not fund a flawed process."
it needs about $130 million to hold the elections.
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