Zim elections credible: Sadc PF

HARARE - The Sadc Parliamentary Forum (Sadc PF) has endorsed the just ended harmonised parliamentary elections as having provided Zimbabweans the opportunity to exercise free will.

SPF mission leader Situmbeko Musokotwane told a press conference that SPF had no doubt that the elections were held above board. “Based on its overall findings, the mission is of the view that there existed a generally conducive and peaceful environment in which elections were conducted,” said Musokotwane.

“Notwithstanding the challenges and observations made thereto, Zimbabweans were mostly accorded the opportunity to freely express their will in voting for political parties and representatives of their choice.

“The Sadc PF to the 2013 harmonised general elections is therefore of the view that the 2013 Zimbabwe harmonised elections were on the whole, a credible reflection of the will of the people.

“Accordingly, the mission declares 2013 Zimbabwe harmonised general elections as having been free and fair.”

After Musokotwane’s announcement, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Rita Makarau and Joyce Kazembe ululated and clapped their hands in support of the statement.

Musokotwane said despite objections raised by MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai on the credibility of the results, their observation and monitoring had reached a conclusive decision that these issues were not going to change the outcome of the elections.

However, SPF noted some areas that needed to be improved for future elections.

“There is need to ensure that copies of the final voters’ roll are availed to stakeholders within reasonable time and in their preferred formats in accordance with the law, Zec to carry out  further research and engage stakeholders on the conducting  of special  voting exercise under Zimbabwe’s mixed electoral system with  a view to ensure that  the logistical challenge that manifested during  the 2013 special voting processes do not repeat themselves in future elections,” said Musokotwane.

He said there was need for the continuous cleaning up the voters roll to ensure that it is up to date.
Sadc PF called for discontinuance of the use of voter registration certificates by citizens which present potential for abuse.

The Sadc PF team arrived in the country last month and has been deployed around the country to observe the harmonised general elections.

The 60-member team comprised of legislators from Sadc countries and was in the country at the invitation of Zec.

Comments (5)

Losers of this election please give credit where it is surely due. ZANU PF won fairly and squarely-you saw how President Mugabe campaigned, he went the people, he promised them real things like indegenisation. What did MDC promise-creation of jobs but how- their members who were once in parliament were just arrogant-at one time Lovemore Moyo claimed to be the most powerful person after President Mugabe simply because he was then Speaker of Parliament. He gloated over this and forgot the people and where is he now? Seriously do you it would have made sense to wake to Tsvangiriai as leader of this educated country? I refuse and even those in MDC refuse too though intrinsically and inwardly. Wake up Zimbabweans this country has one leader and it is President Mugabe for now.

Blacka Dread - 5 August 2013

Sadc PF called for discontinuance of the use of voter registration certificates by citizens which present potential for abuse. THE CERTIFICATES WERE ACTUALLY ABUSED IN A MASSIVE WAY. Non Africans will laugh at the very low standards we set for ourselves and this will feed into the negative steriotyping of Africans. We cannot ague otherwise with such bahaviour.

magame - 5 August 2013

"The 60-member team comprised of legislators from Sadc countries and was in the country at the invitation of Zec.' AND Who included zimbabwean security agents. That is the reason why Western Countries are not invited because their obsever missions can not be infiltrated. Hamunyari here. SADC & AU Tell the truth HERE. Chititongai tione. USD Economy ZANU PF and your crap never never never before October we will hear.

SADC PF A SHAME - 5 August 2013

Ok Mugabe wins in Harare, Manicaland, Matebeleland and Masvingo. Try going there for your celebrations and see how people there will react.

AMurewa - 5 August 2013

What do you expect after SADC, having earlier told Tsvangirai to withdrawal from the elections? If Tsvangirai and the MDC-T, were big enough not to listen to SADC then, why should SADC listen to them when something goes wrong on the result of the very thing the organisation had warned them not to participate in, withdrawal if they had already been involved? If hey could go it alone then, they should not cry foul to SADC on the outcome now

Tapera Yemurai Choto - 6 August 2013

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