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erupts over election observers
The Independent (Zimbabwe)
March 01, 2013
have emerged among the three political parties that form Zimbabwe's
government over the invitation of Western poll observers as
the referendum and crucial general elections approach.
Joice Mujuru has declared Zimbabwe would only allow regional observers
from southern Africa to monitor elections to prevent Western powers
from meddling in the country's internal political processes.
we be monitored by other countries outside Sadc when we are a sovereign
state?" asked Mujuru.
utterances have been trashed by the MDC formations who say credible
elections can only take place under the monitoring of international
Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC wants international referendum observers
to remain in the country until the watershed elections around mid-year.
and Finance minister Tendai Biti said his party would ensure international
election observers are invited and remain in the country even after
Sadc to make sure that referendum observers are allowed to remain
in the country up to the time we hold our elections," said
election is critical and international observers will ensure Zimbabwe
does not go back to the unforgettable 2008 political crisis."
The 2008 presidential
run-off became a sham after MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai pulled
violence against his supporters, which led to an inconclusive
result and formation of the current inclusive government.
MDC-T has previously
called for international observers to be deployed in Zimbabwe six
months before and six months after elections to ensure violence-free
elections and peaceful aftermath.
Nhlanhla Dube said his party would participate in elections monitored
by observers who share the same democratic interests with Zimbabwe
regardless of where they come from.
country moving towards democracy, we want those with the same democratic
interests as us to come and scrutinise our elections," Dube
Union ambassador to Zimbabwe Aldo Dell'Ariccia told the Zimbabwe
Independent on Monday that EU election observers are still waiting
for Zimbabwe's invitation.
not impose ourselves or force governments to invite us to observe
their elections," Dell'Ariccia said. "We wait
for the government to send an invitation and this has to have a
timeframe because we need time for observers to come and observe
activities leading to the elections," he said.
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