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observer mission interim statement on the election run-off
June 29, 2008
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Prior to the arrival of the main Mission team on 14 June 2008, an
Advance Team of ten (10) MPs and eight (8) support staff was deployed
on 8 June 2008 with the objective of assessing the prevailing pre-election
environment by monitoring the state of preparedness and the political
environments in the country. Following their accreditation, the
Advance Team visited the suburbs of Harare and neighboring provinces
of Mashonaland East, Central and West and Manicaland. The Team also
held preliminary meetings with a number of election stakeholders
On 14 June,
the main group of observers arrived in Harare. Between the 17 and
18 June 2008, the Mission held briefings with election stakeholders.
The Mission invited the presidential candidates, civil society organizations,
University of Zimbabwe
academics, the media and diplomatic corps.
adopted an open-door policy which allowed individual members of
the public to bring the Mission's attentions any election-related
On 19 June,
the Mission deployed a total of sixteen (16) teams to all ten provinces.
Pan-African Election Observer Mission:
of the report of the Advance Team;
the three days intense interaction with various stakeholders;
reports from the Mission's Observer teams; and
the results of investigations carried out in the field; the mission
observed the following:
political environment throughout the country was tense, hostile
and volatile as it has been characterized by an electoral campaign
marred by high levels of intimidation, violence, displacement of
people, abductions, and loss of life:
- The Mission
observed traces on intimidation and violence in all provinces
it visited. Houses burnt down, people assaulted and sustained
disrupted normal life of ordinary Zimbabweans and lead to internal
displacement of people. The Mission visited various locations
of the evicted and displaced.
- A numbers
of cases of abduction, some of which resulted in deaths, were
reported. The Mission visited aggrieved/bereaved families, obtaining
an official post-mortem report and attended the funeral of one
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