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Zim sends poll observers to SA – report

06 May 2014, 10:15

Cape Town – Zimbabwe has reportedly sent observers to oversee South Africa's upcoming elections to be held on 7 May.

According to a Daily News report, Zimbabwean parliamentarians and senior government officials constituted the observer mission.

The 18-member mission is operating under the auspices of the SADC mission, said the report.

Zimbabwe's head of standing rules and orders committee Zanu-PF MP Daniel Shumba was leading the observer mission.

Recent reports indicated President Robert Mugabe had thrown his weight behind the ANC, saying Zimbabwe had South Africa's well being at heart.

Mugabe said the ANC should win as they were the country's revolutionary party.

Mugabe won a landslide victory in disputed elections in July last year.  

The report said the Zimbabwe mission will observe the election process and determine whether the polls have been conducted according to the standards for democratic elections to which the country has committed itself.

Where appropriate, it will make recommendations to the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa for further improvement, said a statement issued by the SADC secretariat.

- News24


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