News / Africa

SADC Deems Zimbabwe Election 'Generally Credible'

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace, arrive for his inauguration as president, in Harare, in this August 22, 201, file photo.
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace, arrive for his inauguration as president, in Harare, in this August 22, 201, file photo.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) says Zimbabwe’s July 31 elections were free and generally credible, but allowed that some irregularities cast doubt on fairness. The vote saw longtime President Robert Mugabe re-elected with more than 60 percent of the vote.  .

Tanzanian Foreign Affairs Minister Bernard Membe headed the SADC observer mission to Zimbabwe’s elections and is satisfied with how the Zimbabwe Election Commission (ZEC) handled the polls.

“The elections in Zimbabwe were generally credible," Membe said. "On behalf of the entire the SADC, [SADC] congratulates ZEC and the people of Zimbabwe for holding a free, peaceful and generally credible harmonized elections of July 2013 in which the will of the people was sufficiently expressed.”

The polls resulted in Mugabe extending his 33-year rule of Zimbabwe. The final election results show him defeating former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, 61 to 34 percent.

Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party has refused to recognize the election result, saying ZEC rigged the election for the 89-year-old Mugabe.

The SADC observer mission head said it was difficult to declare Zimbabwe’s elections as fair, due to biased reporting by state media and because ZEC failed to release the voters roll to the contestants in the time required by the law.

But it appears there will be no attempt by the SADC to overturn the election result, meaning that Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party will control Zimbabwe for the next five years.

The Tanzanian foreign minister said the SADC will urge Western nations to lift sanctions imposed on Mugabe and the ZANU-PF leadership.  Zimbabwe's leaders have pressed for an end to the travel and financial sanctions, which were imposed for alleged election rigging and human rights abuses.

You May Like

Video Experts Warn World Losing Ebola Fight

Doctors Without Borders says world is losing battle against Ebola, unless wealthy nations dispatch specialized biological disaster response teams More

Video Experts: Rise of Islamic State Significant Development in Jihadism

Many analysts contend the group - which grew out of al-Qaida in Iraq - has been rebuilding for years More

US-Based Hong Kongers Pledge Support for Pro-Democracy Activists

Democracy advocates call on Chinese living abroad to join them in opposing new election rules for their home territory More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: JHV from: RSA
September 02, 2013 12:14 PM
This is the most ridiculous and contradictory verdict yet. Too scared to call a spade a spade but brave enough to still try and prop up Mugabe. What games are SADC playing with democracy in the region ? They have sold out all SADC citizens - see Malawi is already seeing through this game.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Larger Than Life Chinese Lanterns Make Southern California Appearancei
X
Elizabeth Lee
September 02, 2014 8:57 PM
Chinese lanterns with a long history are lighting up in 21st century style at the Los Angeles County Fair in southern California. Visitors can see traditional lanterns that hang, but also lanterns in the shape of animals, iconic landmarks and many other objects, all created by artisans from a place in China known for its lanterns. Elizabeth Lee has the details from the fair in the city of Pomona.
Video

Video Larger Than Life Chinese Lanterns Make Southern California Appearance

Chinese lanterns with a long history are lighting up in 21st century style at the Los Angeles County Fair in southern California. Visitors can see traditional lanterns that hang, but also lanterns in the shape of animals, iconic landmarks and many other objects, all created by artisans from a place in China known for its lanterns. Elizabeth Lee has the details from the fair in the city of Pomona.
Video

Video Experts See Rise of ISIS as Significant Development

The Islamic State’s rise seems sudden. It caught the U.S. by surprise this summer when it captured large portions of northern Iraq and spread its wings in neighboring Syria. But many analysts contend that the group - which grew out of al-Qaida in Iraq - has been rebuilding for years. VOA's Jela de Franceschi takes a closer look at the rise of ISIS and its implications for the Middle East and beyond.
Video

Video Israel Concerned Over Syrian Rebels in Golan

Israeli officials are following with concern the recent fighting between Syrian rebels and government forces near the contested Golan Heights. Forty-four U.N. peacekeepers from Fiji have been seized by Syrian Islamist rebels and the clashes occasionally have spilled into Israel. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Jerusalem.
Video

Video Ukraine Schools Resume Classes, Donate to Government Forces

A new school year has started in Ukraine but thousands of children in the war-torn east are unable to attend because of ongoing clashes with pro-Russia rebels. In Ukraine's capital, patriotic education has become the norm along with donations to support injured security forces fighting to take back rebel-held areas. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video US Detainees Want Negotiators for Freedom in North Korea

The three U.S. detainees held in North Korea were permitted to speak with foreign media Monday. The government of Kim Jong Un restricted the topics of the questions, and the interviews in Pyongyang were limited to five minutes. Each of the men asked Washington to send a representative to Pyongyang to secure his release. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti has our story.
Video

Video Turkmen From Amerli Describe Survival of IS Siege

Over the past few weeks, hundreds of Shi'ite Turkmen have fled the town of Amerli seeking refuge in the northern city of Kirkuk. Despite recent military gains after U.S. airstrikes that were coordinated with Iraqi and Kurdish forces, the situation remains dire for Amerli’s residents. Sebastian Meyer went to Kirkuk for VOA to speak to those who managed to escape.
Video

Video West Africa Ebola Vaccine Trials Possible by Early 2015

A U.S. health agency is speeding up clinical trials of a possible vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus that so far has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa. If successful, the next step would be a larger trial in countries where the outbreak is occurring. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
Video

Video Survivors Commemorate 70th Anniversary of Nazi Liquidation of Jewish Ghetto

When the German Nazi army occupied the Polish city of Lodz in 1939, it marked the beginning of a long nightmare for the Jewish community that once made up one third of the population. Roughly 200,000 people were forced into the Lodz Ghetto. Less than 7,000 survived. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, some survivors gathered at the Union League Club in Chicago on the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto to remember those who suffered at the hands of the Nazi regime.

AppleAndroid