SADC needs to Safeguard Zimbabwe’s 2023 Election

Zimbabwe is set to hold its harmonised elections this year. This election could see the Zimbabwe African National Union–Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) extend its rule to 48 years. Historically, the African Union and Southern African Development Community (SADC) continue to take up the regional burden of disputed Zimbabwean elections.

Consequent political instability and violence in the country have become the cause of large-scale migration from Zimbabwe.

Reports on political violence and lack of electoral reforms suggest that SADC needs to level the playing field. SADC must ensure Zimbabwe has followed the SADC guidelines governing democratic elections before the election. Failure to do so will undermine the election’s credibility, regional stability, and freedom of choice….

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