Harare, Friday, July 27, 2018: COMESA Election Observers in Zimbabwe have been flagged Off to various provinces to observe the July 30 Harmonized elections. Head of the COMESA Observers Ambassador Ashraf Gamal Rashed officially launched the observation mission in Harare earlier today and flagged off the teams for deployment.
The observer mission will be primarily guided by the Constitution and legal framework of the Republic of Zimbabwe, and relevant international and regional instruments including the COMESA Guidelines on Election Observation
“…..all the members of this mission will undergo an intensive training, which will not only guide them on the legal framework of Zimbabwe, but it will also provide them with the necessary election observation skills and tools,” Amb. Rashed said this during the media event in Harare today.
Seven teams were deployed to cover the ten provinces in Zimbabwe namely Harare, Bulawayo, Masvingo, Manicaland, Midlands, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West, Matabeleland South and Matabeleland North.
In May this year, COMESA conducted a Pre-election Assessment mission to enhance 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 Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and the Government within 90 days from the election date.