The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) pre-electoral assessment mission to Zimbabwe’s preparations for the 2018 harmonised elections concluded its work in Harare this Monday with an endorsement that Zimbabwe is on course to hold free, fair and credible elections.

Leader of the 9-member COMESA pre-electoral assessment mission Ambassador Ashraf Gamaal Rashed made the pronouncement when he met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Retired Lieutenant General Sibusiso Moyo at Munhumutapa offices in Harare today.

The team which had been in Zimbabwe for the last one week met with various stakeholders including the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, the Zimbabwe Republic Police, the Chief Justice, ruling party officials and opposition political parties, including those that are not represented in parliament.

Ambassador Rashed said their meetings with the various stakeholders were held in a frank and candid manner and that the conditions are conducive for a free and fair election, which is slated for July.

Ambassador Rashed pledged COMESA’s support to ensure Zimbabwe’s objective for free, fair and credible elections is met.

The proclamation for the 2018 harmonised elections is expected end of this week when parties start vigorous campaigns to woo the hearts of Zimbabweans, according to the President and Zanu PF candidate for the elections, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa’s speech in Manicaland two weeks ago.