Zim polls must be credible — Obasanjo

AFRICAN Union (AU) Observer Mission Head Olusegun Obasanjo met Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) and Civil Society organisations to discuss Zimbabwe’s prospects of holding credible free and fair elections.

Hazel Ndebele

Obasanjo, who is yet to meet with other political parties, told journalists after meeting with Tsvangirai yesterday that Zec given him a contact person to work with.

“We are here to observe the elections but if we feel we have certain areas which need to be corrected we will contact Zec and transmit our concerns. A free, fair and credible election will reflect the will of the people of Zimbabwe,” said Obasanjo, who refused to take questions from journalist.

Obasanjo arrived in Zimbabwe on Saturday.

He will head a team of 60 observers from the continental body who are monitoring the July 31 election.

Obasanjo arrived days after the AU Commission chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who met the presidential candidates and poll organisers.

Members of the AU observers team have been deploying in batches. The first group arrived six weeks ago.

About 600 foreign election observers, mainly from African bodies, have been accredited to watch the polls in addition to 6 000 local observers.

Zimbabwe has not invited Western observer missions citing sanctions imposed on Mugabe and his top officials for rights abuses.

 

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