Head of the European Union elections observer mission to Zimbabwe Mr Elmar Brok has hailed the commitment by the Zimbabwean government for peaceful, credible elections as they will unite the people of Zimbabwe and ensure that the peace prevailing in the country will be maintained even after the polls.

Mr Brok made the remarks when he paid a courtesy call on President Mnangagwa today.

The Head of Mission was accompanied by his Deputy Mr Mark Stevens and European Union Ambassador to Zimbabwe Phillipe Van Damme among other EU officials.

President Mnangagwa formally invited the EU, Commonwealth and a host of other foreign election observers as well as SADC and African Union observers.

The EU and the Zimbabwean government have since signed a memorandum of understanding outlining guidelines for election monitors.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Mr Brok said he is optimistic the elections will be free and fair. 

This year marks the first time in 16 years the EU bloc will be sending monitors to Zimbabwe, after the 2002 incident which saw the head of delegation Mr Pierre Schori being expelled on the eve of presidential elections.