Zimbabwe's position to conduct free and fair elections under the current circumstances.

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QUESTION NO: 1722 (NW2102E)

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 19-2012 OF 22 JUNE 2012
Mr L S Ngonyama (Cope) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Co-operation:

  1. Whether her department has found that Zimbabwe has a free and fair environment within which to conduct any elections under the current circumstances; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

REPLY:

  1. South Africa as mandated by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is assisting the Inclusive Government in Zimbabwe to implement the Global Political Agreement (GPA). Critical in the implementation of the GPA is the finalisation of the constitution-making process as well as the implementation of the Road map towards elections. In this regard, the recent SADC Summit has called on the parties to the GPA to finalise the constitution-making process and subject it to a referendum and to set out time frames for the full implementation of the Road map to elections.  
We believe therefore that, if all these processes are carried out, it will be possible for Zimbabwe to conduct free and fair elections in a conducive environment.

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