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We will choose who monitors our elections - Zim VP

28 January 2016, 19:50

Harare - Zimbabwean Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the southern African nation will not change its ways in choosing which countries it wants as election observers in the 2018 polls, reports state-owned Herald newspaper.

According to the report, Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe was a sovereign country, thus, it reserved the right to choose which countries and institutions to allow as observers during elections.

Mnangagwa's remarks came after comments by an unidentified source who indicated that the European Union (EU) was planning to pressure President Robert Mugabe's government to allow the United Nations (UN) emissaries to observe the country 2018 polls.

The source, according to NewsDay, claimed that long-time critic of Mugabe, the British government, was pushing the EU to force Zimbabwe to accept the UN election monitors, with the hope that this would "avoid a repeat of the disputes that have characterised previous elections".

But Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe's position had not changed.

"Our position as Zimbabwe has not changed. We are a sovereign state and we run our own elections like a sovereign state and we choose as to who will observe our elections.

"I hear that the media is talking about such a push, but as government, we have not been approached by the EU to say they wish that the UN observes our elections," Mnangagwa was quoted saying.

Zimbabwe's elections have always been marred by disputes, with the opposition accusing the ruling Zanu-PF party of fraud.

- News 24


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