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Organising Zimbabwe vote will be tough: SADC warns
July 20, 2013
the southern African bloc SADC on Saturday warned that organising
Zimbabwe elections will be 'tough' given the paucity of time
Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) had last month urged
Zimbabwe to delay the July 31 elections by at least two weeks to
allow adequate time to apply a raft of reforms that would ensure
a free and fair vote.
But the country's
top court upheld the election date that was unilaterally
declared by President Robert Mugabe.
have wished that our advice would have been heeded," Tanzania
president Jakaya Kikwete told reporters late Saturday after half-a-day
of talks by the SADC organ on defence and security.
an election within a month "is very stressful" and to
"have everything organised, you know it is quite a mammoth
task," he said.
why we are seeing even the incidents of the early voters, where
half of them couldn't vote, partly because it is the brevity of
security forces who will be working during the July 31 polling failed
to cast their ballots in two days of polling early last week due
to shortages of ballot papers, indelible ink and boxes.
quite going to be a tough election to organise," Kikwete said
after the talks also attended by South Africa's President Zuma and
Mozambique's Armando Guebuza.
But SADC, which
has already deployed 360 election observers to Zimbabwe, vowed to
stand by the country to ensure the vote will be "credible enough."
committed to work with the people of Zimbabwe and see whatever we
can do to make sure within the remaining 11 days, we can have an
election that is going to be credible enough," he said. "I
believe we will."
country is also yet to raise all the funding needed for the polling.
vote in Zimbabwe aims to end the uncomfortable power-sharing government
between President Robert Mugabe and his archrival Prime Minister
Tsvangirai, formed four years as part of a plan to end political
Zuma is leading
the SADC mediation team on Zimbabwe, which pushed for the crunch
bloc had pressed Mugabe to allow time for a series of reforms that
would limit the military's role in politics, strip ghost voters
from the electoral roll and ensure all eligible voters were registered.
But the Saturday
summit came amid a renewed attack by Mugabe of Zuma's top foreign
affairs advisor Lindiwe Zulu.
a campaign rally on Saturday, Mugabe said Zuma should rein in Zulu
and that SADC should not lie about the situation in Zimbabwe.
Zulu said Friday
that there are still "challenges" in the run up to Zimbabwe's
But Mugabe said,
"I appeal to President Zuma to stop this woman of theirs from
speaking on Zimbabwe."
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