Zim poll unsatisfactory: Sadc LA

HARARE - Southern Africa Development Community Lawyers Association (Sadc LA) has produced a damning report on Zimbabwe’s disputed July 31 election saying it was “unsatisfactory”.

The  body of lawyers and law societies from 15 Sadc member states said in an analysis of the electoral legal environment for the 2013 Zimbabwean harmonised elections that the poll fell short of being a free, fair and credible election.

“In the final analysis, the environment in which the elections were held was not ideal and conducive for the holding of free, fair and credible elections,” the lawyers’ report says.

“This was because of the failure by the GNU to abide by the terms of the GPA on amendments that needed to be effected before the holding of the polls as well as failure to fully abide by the provisions of the Constitution, electoral laws and related legislation.

“The conclusion therefore is that the elections were held in an unsatisfactory environment. The legal landscape was uncertain, constantly changing, inadequate and susceptible to political manipulation. Given that conclusion, it is an inescapable consequence that elections held under that scenario cannot be deemed to have been free, fair and credible. The absence of overt violence and intimidation is not the only measure of a free and fair election.”

However, most Sadc leaders have already congratulated president-elect Robert Mugabe on his victory.

Sadc and AU observer missions are yet to present their final reports on the July poll but in their preliminary reports said the election had been free and peaceful.

Local observers who were on the ground for longer periods such as the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (Zesn) expressed dissatisfaction with the manner the elections were conducted.

Sadc LA said a peaceful environment does not automatically mean a credible election.

Comments (10)

Nonsense....We dont have such a body in Sadc

bones - 16 August 2013

@bones, just because you don't know of such a body, doesn't mean in non existant. do you own deep research

Audrey - 16 August 2013

Nobody was forced to participate in these elections both MDC formations , ZANU PF and other small parties. Tsvangirai was bubbling with confidence at press conferances before and during elections, only to say nonsense after realizing he lost heavily to RG Mugabe. Why didn't the socalled SADC Lawyers mentioned or produced the report before elections,its either these are a group of educated fools or they are doing this for a payment by EU or USA but sorry for them all becoz its not going to change anything now,maybe in 2018 if everybody is still around and interested.

sekemutema - 16 August 2013

The word rigging came with Tsvangirai we never knew this word

bones - 16 August 2013

You can argue as much as you like but cannot change the fact that the election was rigged. Even a fool can read into this - just smell the aura of uncertainty in the country and you will know why.

Tambu Aripo - 16 August 2013

@ bones, there is nothing new from all your comments it is obvious that you are one of those idiots who are benefiting from mugabe and croonies. But iwould want you to believe me change is coming there is no way you idiots can do this alone there is need to subvert the outcome of the elections.very sorry sonny an uneducated idiotic boy

Edward Samanyemba - 16 August 2013

@bones: You like skeltons..... only bones.... that's why you think that a 90 year was elected....it's clear that the election was rigged over than! Manje Save vachakuonesai moto....real nightmares!

Chimoto - 16 August 2013

If SADC doesn't do anything serious about this shame election that means it has endorsed oppression onto the people of Zimbabwe by Mugabe.And he would have turned himself into the boss of the region.

chimwango - 16 August 2013

Nobody is celebrating this win they have to force people to celebrate but I am yet to meet a person in celebratory mood. It tells a story.

maita - 17 August 2013

Even Mugabe must be worried by the way the economy is going, given the trends at the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange.

Benjamin Chitate - 18 August 2013

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