SADC ambassadors accredited to Zimbabwe say preparations for Zimbabwe’s Monday harmonised elections are on course with concerns being rectified to ensure that every Zimbabwean will be able to exercise their democratic right in a free, fair and transparent manner.
The sentiments emerged after consultations held between the government of Zimbabwe representatives with the SADC ambassadors accredited to the country.
Led by the current SADC chair South Africa, represented by Ambassador Mphakama Mbete, the SADC ambassadors met with the Zimbabwean government representatives led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Dr Sibusiso Moyo for consultations on the coming harmonised elections.
The two sides met held consultations behind closed doors at Munhumutapa offices in Harare today.
Emerging from the meeting Ambassador Mbete said preparations are on the right course with issues of concern being clarified or rectified.
Zimbabwe as a member of the SADC cooperates with the regional organisation and operates within the principles and guidelines governing democratic elections of the grouping.
Meanwhile, Minister Moyo said the African Union Observer Mission is a critical cog in the delivery of a free, fair and credible election in Zimbabwe, having played a part in assisting the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission in preparing for next week’s harmonised polls.
Dr Moyo said this when he met with the Head of the AU Observer Mission for the 2018 harmonised elections, former Ethiopian Prime Minister Mr Hailemariam Desalegn in Harare this morning.
The AU which had a long term observation team during AU Commission chairperson Dr Mussa Faki Mahamat’s visit provided technical support to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.
The deployment of the 63 AU Observer Mission is in line with the provisions of African Charter on democracy, elections and governance which entered into force in 2012.
The new leadership in Zimbabwe led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa has told the world that it is committed to free fair, credible and violence free elections and invited regional,continental and western countries to come and observe the polls, saying there is nothing to hide.