Pretoria: A top South African diplomat said on Thursday that preparations for an election in Zimbabwe at the end of the month were "not looking good", unusually strong criticism of President Robert Mugabe from his powerful neighbor. Lindiwe Zulu, President Jacob Zuma's special adviser on Zimbabwe, said Zuma had called Mugabe to tell him he was not pleased with the run-up to the poll on July 31, a date fixed by Mugabe after a Constitutional Court ruling but criticized by Mugabe's opponents and South Africa's government as too soon. "We are concerned because things on the ground are not looking good," Zulu told Reuters.
Harare: The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) has noted serious irregularities in the Voters' Roll purchased by the organisation from the Office of Registrar General on 19 June, 2013. Through its preliminary analysis, ZESN has noted that the biggest irregularity in the Roll is the under registration of voters especially in the urban wards. For instance ZESN has found that there are about 750 000 missing urban voters and at least 400 000 missing young voters from the voters' roll. ZESN conducted a demographic analysis of the Voters' Roll on all 5,890,169 names on the voters' roll from all 1,964 wards and 210 constituencies compared to the official 2012 Census data from the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency.
Washington: The election campaign [in Zimbabwe] is ramping up, got elections at the end of the year. Are the conditions there in the country – and would you say that the conditions within the country make for a free and fair election currently?
London: The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has denied the international observation mission, the Carter Center, accreditation to observe elections at the end of this month, although over 50 foreign observer missions have been invited to monitor the polls. Some of these include known ZANU PF allies who endorsed the flawed run-off election in 2008. The globally accepted observer mission, founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, has observed 94 elections in 37 countries. It is comprised of experts from a range of countries. But ZEC Chairperson Rita Makarau wrote to the Carter Center on Tuesday informing them their application had been declined, despite having received indications by all major political parties, in a previous trip, that the Centre would be welcome to observe the polls.
The Right Hon Prime Minister Tsvangirai’s address to the Sadc Extraordinary Summit in Maputo, 15 June 2013: Your Majesty, King Mswati Your Excellencies Your Excellency President Guebuza, let me on behalf of my delegation, express my profound gratitude to the wonderful manner in which we have been received and the warm hospitality which the people of Mozambique have showed from the day we arrived. et me also appreciate and thank all of you for your continued real interest and stewardship of the Zimbabwe crisis, notwithstanding your busy schedules in your own countries.
Harare: Australia has removed 65 people linked to Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party from its sanctions list after the Southern African country adopted a new constitution. Foreign Affairs minister Bob Carr said the move to ease the sanctions was meant to encourage further reforms in Zimbabwe ahead of elections later this year. “Zimbabwe’s next step must be holding of free, fair and credible elections by the end of 2013,” he told the Australian media on Monday. “It has been made clear that Australian sanctions will be re-imposed should political reforms be derailed.”
The Organ Troika Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) was held in Cape Town, South Africa on 10 May 2013. [The Summit considered the political and security situation in the region, in particular the latest developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Madagascar and the Republic of Zimbabwe.]
Johannesburg: As the Global Political Agreement (GPA) staggers to an end, continued violations of the agreement, reform deficits, limited institutional credibility and the rejection of a UN election needs assessment mission underscore the continued absence of conditions for peaceful and credible elections, despite the new constitution adopted in March 2013. President Robert Mugabe has been forced to step back from a June vote, but his party still pushes for an expedited process with little time to implement outstanding reforms and new constitutional provisions. The pervasive fear of violence and actual intimidation contradicts rhetorical commitments to peace. A reasonably free vote is still possible, but so too are deferred or disputed polls, or even a military intervention. The international community seems ready to back the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which must work with GPA partners to define and enforce “red lines” for a credible vote.