We'll report electoral irregularities to Zec — Obasanjo

HARARE - Head of the African Union (AU) observer mission Olusegun Obasanjo said yesterday his mission will be constantly alerting the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) on electoral irregularities to ensure Zimbabwe has a credible, free and fair election on July 31.

In an address to journalists after meeting Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in Harare yesterday, the former Nigerian President said the AU will not only observe elections but constantly interact with the electoral commission.

Tsvangirai has alleged the election is being rigged.

“We can be in our own little way faithful transmitters to that which needs to be transmitted to make sure that we have a free fair and credible election which actually reflect the will of the people of Zimbabwe,” Obasanjo said.

“And yesterday when we met the electoral commission, we did mention to them that as we go along, they may be need for us to pass information along because we are here not to conduct an election, we are here to observe the election but if we find something or if something is brought to our attention that need to be passed to them, how do we pass it to them and they gave us a contact which we can reach to them, and we are already making use of that,” he said.

Tsvangirai’s MDC challenged Zec to prove to political parties that the electoral body is independent and impartial by hastily rectifying irregularities the party had noted to the commission including duplication of ballot papers, withholding of the voter’s roll and the proposed counting of ballot papers away from polling stations.

The AU commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said in a report despite the glitches faced during voter registration and the special vote, the AU was confident that Zec will on July 31 successfully run the general election.

Obasanjo said the 80-member observer team is yet to meet other stakeholders and other observers to get a diverse voice.

“We have met Zec, civil society organisations, we have met some of the ambassadors particularly some of the African ambassadors, we are going to meet other observer teams and we are hoping for the best,” Obasanjo said.

“Whoever we meet, we try to find out what are the areas that need to be corrected.”


Comments (6)

Mr. Obasanjo be careful Zanu(pf) are night-riders, the Green Bombers do the intimidation and harrassment at night. Your people should out in rural areas not in towns where they enjoy tea, coffee and beer. Let's hope as someone who passed the baton to others you are going to preach the message that at 89yrs people go and rest. GUSHUNGO, MATIBIRI, GUKURAHUNDI A NEW ZIMBABWE WILL COME TO BEING ON 31st JULY!!!!!!!

Gushuyo - 30 July 2013

gushuyo, it might not come on the 31 of july , but it will still come. the question what will people do if it does not come tomorrow. give up. no asijiki

sammy - 30 July 2013

I believe it is fitting for all Zimbabweans to welcome one of Africa's most preeminent children..Yes sir,welcome to our land Mr. Obasanjo and we the people in the street pray you will assist us in all you can to ensure that we have an incident free election..the campaign period which is usually the worst behind us. We welcome you son of Africa from the bottom of our hearts! I also hope and trust you will also assist those in Swaziland, DRC, Madagascar, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia not forgetting your own Nigeria. I am confident you will not let the mother continent done as you have shown in the past a willing and able servant of the continent at large. I hope God gives wind to your sails as you engage on your tasks..God bless you good sir and hearty welcome, indeed!!! I am sure Madam Zuma welcomes you too as they say there is GREAT strength in numbers and ONLY you sir can give back to our land its lost glory as only you can! It is people like you that makes many the world over truly proud to be African...

gutter poet - 30 July 2013

ma nigerian ne corruption yavainayo vanotengeka nhan....ngaangwarirwe iye Obasanjo wacho!

mwana vevhu - 30 July 2013

Gushuyo u are spot on. They should have had atleast observers moving around in the evening coz that is where intimidation occurs including murder. AU needs to grow some teeth and call a spade a spade, bob needs to respect all african leaders and all africanncitizeens....new zimbabwe beckons

obama4eva - 30 July 2013

The problem with African observers is they want to spend time enjoying the nice things about the country instead of doing what they have been sent to do. At night they are in night clubs with Zim women, having a jolly good time while the purpose of their mission is completely forgotten. ZPF secret police will wine and dine the observers until they completely are incapable of observing anything. That is why some South African observer once observed that the election was 'free and fair, except that Zimbabweans used to much indelible ink, which is not very economical.' What an observer, talking about ink when there were so many political corpses just behind the walls of the city! In other words, I still need to be convinced that our African brothers are serious about 'observing' elections. I am totally skeptical, from experience.

Chenjerai Hove - 30 July 2013

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