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Zim polls: SADC 'must revise report'

08 August 2013, 10:03

Cape Town - United States-based non-governmental organisation Freedom House has called upon member states of SADC to revise their preliminary statements and acknowledge flaws in Zimbabwe's election process, a News Day report said on Thursday.

In a statement, the organisation said SADC needed to immediately halt any actions or statements that would legitimise the Zanu-PF government until a genuinely independent investigation was conducted into electoral irregularities.

"These elections were plagued with voters' roll manipulation and widespread intimidation from the ruling Zanu-PF and were, therefore, neither free nor fair," reads the statement.

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"Local NGOs noted systematic disenfranchisement during the election process, with significantly more voters being turned away in urban strongholds of the opposition MDC than in rural Zanu-PF strongholds."

This development comes as a growing number of SADC states sent President Robert Mugabe congratulatory messages over his re-election last week.

SADC and the African Union (AU) observer missions have already lauded the vote as free and credible, although they did not describe it as fair.

Ironically, in a poll last year, Freedom House projected a victory for Mugabe.

For all Zimbabwe election stories please visit our Zimbabwe Special Report Page.

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