Engagements with Zimbabwe to ensure free and fair elections
DATE: 16 November 2004
4. Rev. E Adolph to ask the Deputy
Whether any further engagement is planned with the Zimbabwean government
to ensure free, fair and peaceful parliamentary elections next year; if not, why
not; if so, what are the relevant details?
African Government is constantly engaging both the Government of Zimbabwe and
the Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) to ensure that there is a
conducive climate that will give rise to free and fair elections as outlined by
the SADC Principles and Guidelines on Elections in the region.
2004, President Mbeki and President Mugabe held talks while they were in the United
States to attend the United Nations General Assembly. A number of issues regarding
the forthcoming Parliamentary Elections were discussed. On 25 October 2004, President
Mbeki met with Mr Tsvangirai, leader of the MDC in Pretoria where issues pertaining
to talks between the MDC and the ZANU-PF were discussed as well as the upcoming
During discussions both sides have indicated that
they are committed to the principles of free, fair and peaceful elections, and
are taking the necessary measures to ensure that elections will be conducted in
a transparent manner.
The foundation for a climate conducive to free, fair
and peaceful elections has been set in motion by the adoption and commitment to
the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic elections by the Government
South Africa will continue to offer all the necessary assistance
to Zimbabwe to make certain that the elections are free, fair and peaceful. We
will also work towards ensuring that a homegrown and sustainable solution to the
challenges is found by the Zimbabweans.