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Zimbabwe's Elections 2013 - Index of Articles
Crisis Report - Issue 211
in Zimbabwe Coalition
August 14, 2013
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solidarity strengthens against unfair election
continue to raise questions on the fairness of the 2013
harmonized elections which saw President Robert Mugabe controversially
clinch a landslide victory by 61% of the vote, whilst doubts over
the fairness of the plebiscite have been echoed in the international
A Regional Observer
Mission comprised of CSOs, Social Movements representatives and
Ecumenical Sector representatives drawn from Southern African Development
Community (SADC) countries, which operates under South Africa based
Action Support Center (ASC) has released an adverse preliminary
verdict on the polls.
the environment was calm, resembling peace, the overall electoral
processes and environment were not conducive for the conduct of
a free, fair and credible election,” the report said.
mission said the election did not meet SADC Principles and Guidelines
Governing Democratic Elections; neither did it meet the provisions
of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.
Bussing of voters
to constituencies to which they do not belong, coupled with the
high number of assisted voters, as well as the high number of voters
turned away and unavailability of the voters’ roll were some
of the concerns raised in the report.
leaders in Southern Africa, Botswana President Ian Khama and former
South African President and Global
Political Agreement (GPA) broker, Thabo Mbeki, concurred that
the harmonized election was not fair.
is no doubt what has been revealed so far by our observers cannot
be considered an acceptable standard of free and fair elections
SADC, should never create an undesirable precedent of permitting
exceptions to its own rules,” the Government of Botswana said.
in the regional blocs African Union (AU) and Southern African Development
Community (SADC) after their observer missions reported the rampant
irregularities however, could hamper the strength of any African
solution after what could be Zimbabwe’s fourth stolen poll
Robert F. Kennedy Centre for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Centre)
the indecisive stance of the regional blocs AU and SADC after their
observer missions reported clear irregularities.
reported irregularities and allegations of fraud by civil society
organizations, opposition political parties, and domestic observers
have been ignored by the SADC and African Union missions and not
addressed by the ZEC, despite its constitutional responsibility
to do so.
the people of Zimbabwe must be commended for the peaceful and dignified
manner in which they went to the polls, there are serious outstanding
concerns about the integrity of the electoral process that must
be thoroughly investigated.
shows that the will of the Zimbabwean people has been systematically
suppressed and not reflected in the official election results,”
the RFK said.
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