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AU provisionally declares elections free and fair
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The leader of
the African Union Observer Team, former Nigerian President, Olusegun
Obasanjo has provisionally declared Zimbabwe
elections free and fair as polls close after a day of voting.
voting went on smoothly, and that the statement by the MDC Secretary
Tendai Biti do not discredit the elections because they are unsubstantiated.
In brushing aside the MDC’s concerns about shambolic voters’
roll as well as its failure to access the electronic copy, Obasanjo
said failure to provide electronic voters’ roll does not take
anything from the credibility of the election. He said he was fully
briefed by Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede and is fully satisfied
with his explanations. Obasanjo's provisional conclusions also ignore
concerns and raised by civic organisations in their statements before
and during the elections. The jury is still out on whether the AU's
final official statement will fully evaluate pre-election, election-day
and post-election periods through comprehensive, long-term observation,
employing a variety of techniques in line with the SACD Principles
for a Free and Fair Election.
In the mean
time, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) National Spokesperson,
Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba has warned political
parties against announcing election results. Speaking at a news
conference in Harare on Wednesday night, Senior Assistant Commissioner
Charamba said it is the sole responsibility of the Zimbabwe Electoral
Commission (ZEC) to announce the election results, saying people
who will attempt to do otherwise risk arrest. However, the police
warning has been defied through the usage of technology as some
political parties with information on the results have been outsourcing
the publication of the provisional results to activists based abroad.
The police warning shows yet another selective application of the
law, given their and ZEC's history of flagrant disregard of the
law especially failure to provide the voters' roll which was only
delivered to the MDC in two truck loads, 30 minutes before the voting
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