Mnangagwa Questions Role of Foreign Observers In African Polls

Southern African countries should consider holding their general elections without the presence of international observers, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who won a controversial election in 2018, has said. Speaking at a state dinner he hosted for visiting Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera, Mnangagwa said polls were held without the UN, the SADC and civil society organisations observing, "but they were successful, peaceful elections conducted by Malawi on its own." So far there appears to be little to provide comfort to violence and poverty-weary Zimbabweans as they wait for elections in 2023, a national vote that has in the past been marred by violence and allegations of electoral theft.



Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Chairperson Priscilla Chigumba speaks to international observers in Harare (file photo).

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