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happy with Zimbabwe vote preparations
July 25, 2013
Union is satisfied with Zimbabwe's preparations
for the July 31 election, local media have reported.
The Herald newspaper
on Thursday reported that after arriving in the capital Harare on
Wednesday, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the AU Commission chairperson,
said the continental bloc was pleased with the country's progress
so far in the lead up to the July 31 elections.
who came earlier said all was well and as of now everything is is
proceeding well. Nothing gives us any cause for concern," she
report comes hours before the AU briefs the media on its pre-election
findings about the country's readiness for the elections.
With six days
left for presidential and parliamentary elections, there still remains
much skepticism following allegations of electoral fraud and the
possibility of violence in an election that pits President Robert
Mugabe against Morgan Tsvangirai, his rival and main opposition
In power since
Zimbabwe gained independence from Britain in 1980, Mugabe, 89, will
be running for the 7th term in office.
The last election
was won by Tsvangirai, but he did not secure enough votes to
avoid a runoff in which Mugabe stood as a sole candidate after his
opponent boycotted the vote over intimidation
and harassment of his supporters.
Out of the 6.3
million eligible voters, the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission (ZEC)
says 93 per cent have registered to cast a ballot.
ZEC said on Wednesday all ballot papers needed for the election
had been printed and that other logistics would be available for
the July 31 vote.
ZEC chairperson, told journalists that should the electorate fail
to cast their ballot between the designated times on July 31, polling
stations would be opened until the queues were cleared.
hoping that we will be able to cater for everybody between 7am and
7pm because we have increased the number of polling stations,"
the rare event that we still cannot manage that, we believe the
right to vote should override time constraints."
come after last week's early voting for police and security forces
was fraught with delays following a shortage of ballot papers and
ink at polling stations.
Of 63,268 eligible
voters, just 37,108 people were able to cast their ballots.
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