Zimbabwe President Questions Foreign Observer Role in Elections 

Source: Zimbabwe President Questions Foreign Observer Role in Elections – Bloomberg

Southern African countries should consider holding their general elections without the presence of international observers, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said.

Hosting a state dinner for visiting Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera, Mnangagwa said Malawi was a country that had held “harmonized presidential elections without foreign observers.” Elections were held without the United Nations, the Southern African Development Community and civil society organizations observing, “but they were successful, peaceful elections conducted by Malawi on its own,” he said.

“This makes us think whether it’s still necessary in future for SADC countries to look for supervision from across oceans,” Mnangagwa said.

Chakwera, who was elected president in June, is on a two-day visit to Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is due to hold general elections in 2023.


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    Well he would say that, wouldn’t he? With international observers there is less chance he can rig the elections or beat the opposition into submission…

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      Fallenz 2 years ago

      Actually, as long as the outside observers are not allowed to closely scrutinize how the ZEC finalizes the tally of the ballots, or insist on an unbiased audit of the tally………  
                                (Remembrances of 2008)