An advance team of SADC election observers has already visited Harare to check the electoral system ahead of the highly anticipated harmonised elections, the regional bloc’s Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax revealed this week.
At the conclusion of the Southern African Development Community’s Council of Ministers held in Pretoria, Tax told journalists that President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government will be supported by African countries to host credible elections this year.
The elections are expected at the end of July. The date is yet to be announced.
“We have already been invited to monitor and observe Zimbabwe elections. How we support our sister countries is that we observe elections, we have sent and undertaken our advance missions to Zimbabwe already,” said Tax during a joint press briefing with South Africa’s International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.
She said the advance teams have also visited the Democratic Republic of Congo, another SADC country scheduled to hold elections this year.
“The next phase will be to observe elections. We have already been invited for Zimbabwe. We are waiting to be invited for the DRC. The invitation will come depending on the electoral calendar. As you are aware, elections in DRC take place on the 23rd of December so we still have time to get the invitation,” said Tax.
Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Rtd General Sibusiso Moyo who was in Pretoria for the SADC Council of Ministers, told journalists that the upcoming first elections post the Robert Mugabe-era will be credible.
“Zimbabwe is preparing for harmonised elections around July or August, and we believe that the election is going to be free and fair, a credible election. We have allowed anybody who wants to observe our elections to come in so that they can really see for themselves”, said Rtd General Moyo.
The SADC Council of Ministers meeting in Pretoria was hosted by South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperate Lindiwe Sisulu in her capacity as chairperson of the SADC’s Council of Ministers.
This article is published in partnership between Zimbabwe Digital News and Zimbabwe Diaspora Scribes.
Rtd General Sibusiso Moyo meets journalist Jonisayi Maromo in Pretoria. “Zimbabwe is preparing for harmonised elections around July or August, and we believe that the election is going to be free and fair, a credible election. We have allowed anybody who wants to observe our elections to come in so that they can really see for themselves”, said Rtd General Moyo.Picture: Zimbabwe Diaspora Scribes