COMESA has deployed a short-term election observer mission to the harmonized elections in Zimbabwe set for 30 July 2018. The advance party of the COMESA delegation, arrived in Harare, Zimbabwe on Saturday July 21, 2018.
The mission will be led by Ambassador Ashraf Gamal Rashed (left), a member of the COMESA Committee of Elders from Egypt. He is expected to join the team on 25th July 2018.
The observer team comprises of representatives from several COMESA Member States’ and is supported by members of staff from the Secretariat.
The deployment of the mission follows an invitation by the Government of Zimbabwe to COMESA through the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).
As part of its mission in Zimbabwe, the COMESA delegation will conduct pre-election observation which will include consultations with political parties, the ZEC, security agencies, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) the Media and other electoral stakeholders. The aim is to gather information on election-related issues and to assess election preparedness. The delegation will also engage with the Diplomatic Community as well as with other election observers on the ground in selected provinces.
In May this year, COMESA conducted a Pre-Election Assessment mission to enhance the understanding of the electoral process and state of preparedness by various stakeholders in Zimbabwe. The findings from that mission will be included into the detailed report that will be submitted to the ZEC and the Government within 90 days from the election date.
The overall, objective of the COMESA observer mission is to contribute to strengthening and consolidating the democratic processes in Zimbabwe.