SADC Observers Vow Not To Endorse A Sham Election In Zim
THE Southern African Development Community (SADC) observer mission has pledged that it will try its level best not endorse a sham election in Zimbabwe.
It is reported that the 63-member SADC team‚ led by Angola’s secretary of state in the External Relations ministry‚ Tete Antonio‚ said after meeting political parties in Harare at the weekend that they would not endorse a sham election as their mandate was to witness a fully democratic process.
“We spoke (to the parties) about consolidating democracy and we understood that democracy is a process and elections are only a part of the process. With the issue that was raised regarding reforms‚ we understand that steps were undertaken and we have taken note that 13 changes were done‚” Antonio said.
The MDC Alliance has threatened to hold a 5 day protests over issues such as the design of the ballot paper and security around the ballot papers. These issues were raised by the SADC team at a meeting with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).
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