EU threatens to withhold Zec support

HARARE - A Zimbabwe government decision to bar a technical mission of two experts from the European Union (EU) might backfire, as the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) needs their input.

Aldo Dell’Ariccia, head of the EU delegation, said if the duo is not allowed to enter Zimbabwe for a technical mission, the 27-member bloc might withdraw their technical support from Zec.

“If this mission is not allowed to the country, it will not be possible for the EU to provide some of our support to Zec in particular for what refers to the equipment necessary for a proper electoral process.

"I have personally informed Zec chairperson of this situation,” Dell’Ariccia said.

He said the two experts are supposed to complement the current five Europeans from the diplomatic mission allowed by Zec to observe the election. 

Dell’Ariccia said the EU was ready to provide support that would enable a credible electoral process.

“We have only one objective for these elections; that the people of Zimbabwe should be free to elect the government of their choice in peaceful and transparent elections, that their choice should be respected, and that all parties accept the result. That would be a credible election.”

Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Zimbabwe’s Foreign minister, this week told the Daily News that he had not invited the EU observer mission because they have imposed sanctions and that their impartiality was compromised.

However, Dell’Ariccia said the EU made no plans to send an observer mission since the bloc had not been invited. He however, emphasised that it was important for the two technical experts to be allowed entry into Zimbabwe for the benefit of Zec.

He said the EU was happy with the missions that were observing the July 31 elections.

“On a general note, independent monitoring of elections is a measure that strengthens confidence and trust in the process,” Dell’Ariccia said.

“In that respect, EU welcomes the deployment of the Sadc, AU, and other regional election Observation Missions.”

Comments (11)

Bloody spies... Keep them out!

murenga - 18 July 2013

Secret agents disguised as technical experts on a mission to cause maximum chaos by tampering with ZEC's electronic electoral processes and thereby providing an excuse for the MDC puppets and their European and American masters to declare that the 2013 elections were not credible when ZANU-PF wins as is increasingly evident will happen. Otherwise why are they so keen to help a country that has excluded them unceremoniously from observing the elections? Rwavo rudo...? Give us a break please.

murenga - 19 July 2013

well, it shouldnt be a carrot & stick approach

liki - 19 July 2013

We already have five seconded to ZEC. We are barring two who will compliment. Its wise to balance between losing technical assistance and barring the experts.

kiyoro kiyoro - 19 July 2013

Its very unfortunate that our former colonisers do not learn. They once came all the way from Europe with sacs assured in their hearts that a "terrorist" would be simply chased, caught and put in a sac. What a mistake did they discover.

dungas - 19 July 2013

first you want UN money but dont want the UN and now you want EU expertise but you dont want the EU people. Seriously. Its like ZEC saying we want elections 31 July and they still dont have funding less than two weeks before the elections. Kurongeka kushoma kumadadministrator edu. Democracy is being held at ransom

Victor Mukandatsama - 19 July 2013

What are they hiding mhani. They don't have money, ZEC is in disarray, elections are a night away, you want my technical assistance but you don't want me. Its like a kid who abandons his/her parents and only remembers when he/she wants her wedding to be legitimized.

maita - 19 July 2013

Just a question, in case I am misinformed. Who is manipulating our electoral process, EU or NIKUV????????? Food for thought.

Wezhira - 19 July 2013

WVADA we don't want your advices they are disastrous. U should stop posting your advices here. If you don't have anything to say don't post anything here. On another hand our elections if there are free and fare why are we selecting observers. We need the EU guys because everything is transparent. Its only Chinamasa and Mugabe who don't want them here but all of us need them.

nosmas - 19 July 2013

What expertise? Elections is about ballot papers-vote-count-verify-look-scrutinise. ZEC, SADC,EU and MDC cannot do that? Only Europeans are trustworthy? Tshaka!!**##%%^

muvengwa munondivengerei - 21 July 2013

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