AFRICAN Union (AU) Commissioner for political affairs Aïsha Abdullahi says Zimbabwe is an important member of the AU hence the huge interest in the country’s general elections next Wednesday.
Abdullahi said this soon after touching down at the Harare International Airport on Tuesday this afternoon.
High-level AU teams have started arriving in Zimbabwe ahead of the elections with the chairperson of the AU Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma expected to jet in tomorrow followed by former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, who is heading the AU observer mission, on Thursday.
Abdullahi said the AU is committed to ensuring democratic stability through credible elections on the continent as contained in the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, the African Union Declaration on the Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa and the AU Guidelines on Election Observation and Monitoring Missions.
She confirmed receiving reports from AU observers who have been stationed in the country since June 15 but would not be drawn into revealing what is contained in them.
“Yes we have received the reports but we will only be discussing the issues in a briefing on Thursday,” Abdullahi said.
Following the approval of the deployment of an AU election observation mission Dlamini-Zuma, the AU long term observers arrived in Zimbabwe on June 15 and were subsequently joined by 60 short term observers on July 20.