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in crisis meeting over Zim election
The Standard (Zimbabwe)
July 21, 2013
leaders were last night locked up in a crisis meeting in Pretoria,
South Africa to discuss the hurdles
affecting Zimbabwe’s electoral processes ahead of next
week’s harmonised polls.
of the presidents of Mozambique, Tanzania and Angola with President
Jacob Zuma, the Sadc appointed facilitator for Zimbabwe, came one
day after the African Union Peace and Security Council also met
in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
discussed the pending elections in Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Mali and
international relations advisor, Lindiwe Zulu yesterday confirmed
the regional body’s Pretoria meeting.
confirm that the leaders are meeting this evening [yesterday] to
discuss reports submitted by the political parties,” she said.
week, Zulu said preparations for elections in Zimbabwe were “not
She said Zuma
had called President Robert Mugabe to tell him he was not pleased
with the run-up to the poll on July 31.
for international affairs, Jameson Timba said although the Troika
leaders were meeting on their own, his party made its submissions
on Friday to update Sadc on the developments taking place in the
Timba, who is
also the minister of state in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s
office, said the key issues raised by his party included the shambolic
manner in which last week’s special voting exercise for the
uniformed forces was conducted and concerns regarding the credibility
of the voters roll.
importantly, we underscored that we were vindicated with respect
to the practicability of the July 31 election date,” he said.
“What happened with the special voting proves we were right.
The country needed time to adequately prepare for a free and fair
Timba said the
MDC-T would stand guided by the deliberations and decision of last
night’s Troika meeting. Sources said the meeting was likely
to discuss the recent Sadc Maputo resolution which ordered Mugabe
to approach the Constitutional Court (Con Court) to extend the July
31 deadline to hold harmonised elections.
The Con Court
however, rejected the application insisting elections be held on
the proclaimed date.
by Sadc at the Maputo
summit were never implemented by Mugabe casting doubt on whether
the meeting’s recommendations would be adhered to, in order
to level the electoral playing field.
been raised over poll preparations with Treasury saying funding
had not yet been secured.
vote was marred by administrative and logistical challenges, resulting
in over 40 000 out of the 69 000 registered failing to cast their
ballots. Sadc is the guarantor of the GNU and does not want a repeat
of the 2008 scenario where elections were disputed.
AU Peace and Security Council said it looked forward to the successful
conducting of free, fair and transparent elections in Zimbabwe.
In a communiqué
after its meeting on Friday, the Council said it welcomed the on-going
deployment of AU election observers in the country.
It called on
all political stakeholders in countries heading for elections to
take the necessary steps to conduct peaceful, credible and timely
elections in order to reduce political tensions on the continent.
welcomes the generally peaceful and calm political atmosphere in
Zimbabwe in the run-up to elections scheduled for 31 July 2013 and
commends the efforts of the Government
of National Unity to this effect,” said the AU.
commends Zimbabwe on a successful referendum and the coming into
force of a new Constitution.
Council further welcomes the expressed commitment to peaceful elections
by all the stakeholders in the country and urges all of them to
positively contribute to holding free, fair and transparent elections
on 31 July 2013.”
Patrick Chinamasa represented Zimbabwe at the Council meeting. His
mobile phone was unavailable yesterday.
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