ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua)
-- The African Union
Commission Department of Political Affairs announced on
Thursday it has deployed a five-person independent
electoral assistance mission in Zimbabwe, as the country
gears up for presidential, parliamentary and local
elections on July 30.
In a press
statement, AU said the mission in Zimbabwe was deployed
on June 15 and will stay until July 8, to provide
technical support to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).
AU said the
mission was deployed in response to the request for
technical assistance made by the ZEC during the visit to
Zimbabwe by AU Commissioner Moussa Faki Mahamat in
statement further said the AU independent electoral
assessment mission in Zimbabwe will help the country
build capacity on various aspects of electoral
operations such as training in management of polling
A total of
23 candidates have registered to contest the
presidential election, the highest number since
Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980.
United Nations hails
positive steps in Zimbabwe’s poll preparations
HARARE United Nations (Xinhua)
-- The United Nations on
Wednesday hailed the positive steps taken by Zimbabwe in
its preparations to hold a free, fair and credible
election on July 30.
As part of
the preparations, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has
compiled a biometric voters’ roll and opened it for
public inspection and has started availing copies to
political parties and candidates.
It has also
received nomination papers from prospective candidates
for the harmonized presidential, parliamentary and
A total of
23 candidates have filed nomination papers to contest
for the presidency, the highest number since the
country’s independence in 1980.
UN assistant secretary-general for political affairs
Taye-Brook Zerihoun told journalists that the world body
would continue to provide electoral support to Zimbabwe
to ensure the country holds an inclusive, transparent
and credible poll.
“We met with
the head of ZEC and were given a very comprehensive
briefing, an encouraging briefing but certainly there
are issues to be handled and discussed. But I think
there is ... a positive pre-disposition in the way
things are going,” he said after meeting Foreign Affairs
Minister Sibusiso Moyo.
in Zimbabwe as part of his regional tour of the Southern
African Development Community (SADC) to review
Emmerson Mnangagwa has promised to hold a transparent
and credible election that will be observed by Western
observers for the first time since 2002.
So far, the
campaigning period has largely been peaceful compared to
previous elections that were marred by violence.