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Election results in Zimbabwe – United States Department of State

The United States is committed to the people of Zimbabwe and their right to elect their leaders in free and fair elections conducted in a transparent manner. We commend those who have attempted to peacefully exercise their right to vote.

Despite the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announcing the results of the country’s recent presidential election, several observation missions have expressed deep concern, noting that the country’s electoral process has not met regional and international standards of credibility. For example, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and other international election observation missions cited problems with transparency, independence, fairness and credibility at all stages of the electoral process. The United States specifically cites systemic bias against political opposition in the run-up to the election, as well as reports from respected civil society groups that ZEC officials pressured election observers to sign amended polling station results forms. We call on the ZEC to make the disaggregated polling station results publicly available to increase confidence in the results table process.

We also strongly condemn the intimidation and disruption of legitimate election observers throughout the election period. On August 23, the government arrested officials from reputable civil society organizations that conduct legitimate election observation under the Electoral Law. These arrests hampered efforts to independently verify the ZEC’s announced findings, a fundamental part of democratic processes in the region and around the world. In addition, threats against members of the SADC Election Observation Mission are dangerous and we call on the Government of Zimbabwe to stop these inflammatory and unacceptable attacks.

These measures belie President Mnangagwa’s repeated commitments to respect the rule of law, transparency and accountability. The United States is asking regional leaders to share our concerns, including what this means for the international community’s beginning efforts to re-engage the government of Zimbabwe. The stakes are high for the people of Zimbabwe and the region. We call on all Zimbabweans to remain peaceful and pursue grievances through established legal channels.

Source: www.state.gov

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