We, the International Election Observer Missions present for the 30 July Harmonised Elections in Zimbabwe, while appreciating the generally peaceful and orderly pre-electoral environment and on voting day, express our grave concern about the regrettable outbreaks of post-election violence.
Improved political climate, inclusive participation rights and a peaceful vote, but un-level playing field, intimidation of voters and lack of trust in the process undermined the pre-election environment. We now hope for a transparent and traceable results process
Improved political climate, inclusive participation rights and a peaceful vote, but un-level playing field, intimidation of voters and lack of trust in the process undermined the pre-election environment. This is how the EUEOM Chief Observer Elmar Brok, Member of the European Parliament, characterized the electoral process up to now. “These elections were seen as a critical test of Zimbabwe’s reform process. In some senses, up to this point, the conduct of the polls has had a number of positive features, but in other senses serious concerns remain. Now we hope for a transparent results process”, said Mr. Brok.
The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to the Republic of Zimbabwe deployed today 44 short-term observers throughout the country. The group is the third contingent, following the core team and the 44 long-term observers, which have arrived in Zimbabwe on 6 June.
"These elections are a critical test of Zimbabwe’s reform process. Given the context of past elections, great efforts need to be made to ensure public and political confidence in the 2018 polls,” stated Elmar Brok, Chief Observer of the EU Election Observation Mission, in a press conference in Harare on Friday. Mr. Brok added: “Necessary efforts include transparency and inclusivity, confidence in the integrity of the voter roll, emphasis on secrecy of the vote and the peaceful conduct of the polls.”
The European Union Election Observation Mission to the Republic of Zimbabwe (EUEOM) is led by Chief Observer Elmar Brok, a Member of the European Parliament from Germany.
In total, the mission is expected to comprise more than 140 observers from all EU member states, as well as Canada, Norway and Switzerland.
A ten-person core-team arrived in Harare on 6 June. The core-team analyses political, electoral and legal issues related to the electoral process.
44 long-term observers arrived in Zimbabwe on 19 June and were deployed to all ten provinces a few days later. They observe the electoral process in their areas and report back to the core-team in Harare.
44 short-term observers join the mission shortly before the election day. They observe voting, counting and the tabulation of results.
The mission is also joined by a delegation of seven Members of the European Parliament, as well as diplomatic staff from embassies accredited in Harare.