Election Observation Mission to the 31st July, 2013 Zimbabwe Harmonised General Elections

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Following an invitation by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), the Southern Africa Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) constituted an Election Observation Mission to observe the31st July 2013 Zimbabwe Harmonised General Elections. The 60-Member Mission was in the country from 11th July 2013 to 4th August 2013.It was composed of Members of Parliament, staff from SADC Parliaments and officials from SADC PF's Secretariat. The Mission was comprised of male and female Members of Parliament from both the ruling and opposition political parties from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Malawi, Mauritius, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia, and was led by Honourable Dr Situmbeko Musokotwane , a Member of Parliament from Zambia.

The 31st July Zimbabwe Harmonised General Elections were historic as they were the first elections to be held under a new Zimbabwe Constitution, which was developed and adopted by the Government of National Unity (GNU) that was formed under the SADC-mediated Global Political Agreement (GPA) and was accepted by the people of Zimbabwe in the Referendum of 16th March 2013. The successful holding of the 2013 Zimbabwe Harmonised Elections, therefore, confirmed the practical plausibility of the philosophy of African Solutions to African challenges.

The 2013 Zimbabwe Harmonised General Election Observation Mission, is the 30th Observation Mission to be deployed by SADC PF since 1999 when the Forum started observing elections in SADC Member States. Previously, the SADC PF observed the following elections: Mozambique and Namibia (1999); Mauritius, Zimbabwe and Tanzania (2000); Zambia (2001); Zimbabwe and Lesotho (2002); Malawi, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Mozambique (2004); Mauritius and Tanzania(2005); Zambia, DRC and Madagascar(2006); Lesotho (2007); Malawi, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia (2009), Mauritius(2010), Zambia (2011), Lesotho (2012), Angola (2012) and Zimbabwe Constitution Referendum (2013).

The purpose of this Election Observation Report is to reinforce on the Mission's Interim Statement presented on 3rd August, 2013 in sharing with ZEC, The Government and people of Zimbabwe, Governments and National Parliaments of the SADC Region as well as other critical stakeholders within and outside Zimbabwe, the Mission's Observations, Findings and Recommendations, which are aimed at strengthening and improving the credibility, professionalism and integrity of the electoral processes in Zimbabwe and the entire SADC Region.

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