Status on the SADC Elections scheduled for 29 June 2013.
FOR WRITTEN REPLY
QUESTION NO.: 1263 (NM1510E)
PUBLISHED IN INTERNALQUESTION PAPER NO: 17-2013 OF 24 MAY 2013
MR LS NGONYAMA (COPE) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION:
(1) Whether, the proposed general elections scheduled for 29 June this year are as a result of the Southern African Development Corporation (SADC) negotiations;
(2) Whether there are any outstanding Global Political Agreement matters yet to be fulfilled before the elections;
(3) Whether SADC will facilitate the new election process;
(4) Whether SADC calls for reforms before polls; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?
(1) Yes, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) through its mandated Facilitator, President Zuma has been working closely with the Parties to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) and other relevant stakeholders regarding the implementation of the GPA. Thus, the holding of the upcoming elections is as a result of SADC’s facilitation.
(2) With the recent signing and gazetting of the new constitution, the implementation of the GPA is almost complete with the exception of the implementation of necessary reforms and the roadmap towards elections.
(3) As one of the guarantors of the GPA, SADC through its mandated Facilitator, President Zuma is facilitating the process of the implementation of the GPA, a process which should lead to elections under a new constitution.
(4) SADC expects that the elections in Zimbabwe will be held after necessary reforms and the Roadmap to elections have been implemented.