Zimbabwe issues stern warning to foreign observers

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Zimbabwe has delivered a firm message to foreign observers as the nation gears up for its upcoming national plebiscite scheduled for August 23.

In a stern warning, the Government has emphasised the need for these international observers to adhere strictly to their designated mandates and refrain from any actions that could potentially interfere with the electoral process. As Zimbabwe seeks to ensure the integrity and transparency of its democratic procedures, this warning serves as a reminder of the nation’s commitment to conducting a fair and unbiased election.

The Acting Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Amon Murwira made the remarks at the signing ceremony between the European Union (EU) and the ministry.

“The government of the Republic of Zimbabwe is inviting all entities to come and observe the harmonized elections,” Professor Mavima.
“The teams are however reminded that their purpose is solely to observe, not to monitor the election process.”

Murwira further implored the EU observers to demonstrate a high level of strict impartiality, objectivity and independence when going about their duties in fulfilling their mandate.

“The EU EOM and its members will maintain strict impartiality, objectivity and independence in the conduct of their mandate.

 

“All EU observers shall respect the Code of Conduct in terms of the First Schedule of the Zimbabwe Electoral Act (Chapter 2:13),” he said.

It is the sole responsibility of the ministry to put in place operational guidelines for foreign observers in the observation of the plebiscite.

This year EU will deploy one hundred and fifty observers to Zimbabwe with Italian law maker who is also the member of the European parliament Fabio Castaldo as the EU Chief observer.

The first batch is expected to get into the country with effect from the coming week.

EU head of mission to Zimbabwe Jobst Kirchmann assured the nation of the observer’s team undivided impartiality and compliance with the set regulations.

“It’s an important moment and I would like to sincerely thank the Government of Zimbabwe for inviting us for this election observation.

“This election observation mission will obey Zimbabwe regulations and also the EU code of conduct. They will be strictly impartial. This is part of the agreement we just signed,” he said.

Kirchmann went on to hail the Government of Zimbabwe and other political actors for the commitment they have exhibited so far to hold free, fair, credible and peaceful elections.

“This is a sign of commitment for Zimbabwe to hold credible, peaceful and inclusive elections. This resonates with us and is the reason why we are deploying an election observer mission because we would like to contribute to a more robust electoral environment,” he said.

This is the second time the EU observers are observing the elections in Zimbabwe following the lift of the ban in 2018 by President Mnangagwa in 2018 which was orchestrated by the former President Robert Mugabe who was at logger heads with the West.

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