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  • PAP observer mission interim statement on the election run-off
    Pan-African Parliament
    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 in Harare.

    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.

    The Mission adopted an open-door policy which allowed individual members of the public to bring the Mission's attentions any election-related incident.

    On 19 June, the Mission deployed a total of sixteen (16) teams to all ten provinces.

    The Pan-African Election Observer Mission:

    • Cognisant of the report of the Advance Team;
    • Considering the three days intense interaction with various stakeholders;
    • Analyzing reports from the Mission's Observer teams; and
    • Noting the results of investigations carried out in the field; the mission observed the following:

    The prevailing 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 serious injuries.
    • Violence 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 such victim.

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