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Group urges Zimbabwe election audit

Publish date: 15 August 2013
Issue Number: 3338
Diary: Legalbrief Today
Category: General

Backed by a list of a host of irregularities, representatives of civil society organisations in the SADC region say they 'deeply regret that in spite of evidence of several irregularities which militated against the (Zimbabwe) elections being free, fair and credible, within a genuinely peaceful environment, the SADC and AU Observer Missions declared them 'free and peaceful'.

In a statement on the Legalbrief Today site, the group says 'we are convinced that the 2013 harmonised elections were heavily compromised and fall far short of meeting the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections as well as the provisions of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance'. And they call on the SADC to commit to a qualified acceptance of the results and 'undertake a comprehensive audit of the election process, including all factors which affected the ability of all eligible citizens to have an opportunity to register to vote, to inform themselves and to freely exercise their choice without fear of retribution'. Statement on the Legalbrief Today site