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A tip for poll observers

IF Sadc is sending 120 observers to our elections and if AU (together with EAC & Pan African Parliament) can add another 100 then we will observe the Zimbabwean elections much better than the Kenyan one where AU (Pan African Parliament) sent four and the East African Community sent 14 observers only.

That’s why in all the fighting that took place in Kenya, the AU and EAC observer missions were not confident enough to loudly publish their reports because theirs were just desktop reviews of the electoral process.
I urge that AU co-ordinate with EAC, Sadc, Pan African Parliament and any African countries sending observers so that while the individual observer missions produce their individual reports, they also feed into the AU mission’s report in a systematic way. This calls for partitioning and allocation of responsibility areas so that every constituency is covered and that there is a parallel tallying of votes during the counting process.

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