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Date:29 May 2018
#ZimElections: EU Deploys Election Observers Ahead Of July Elections in Zimbabwe

The European Union will deploy observers to Zimbabwe's general election expected in July, the first time in 16 years the bloc will monitor polls in the southern African country.
 
The EU and Zimbabwe's government signed a memorandum on Monday outlining guidelines for election monitors.
 
Zimbabwe formally invited the EU in March to send an election observation mission.
 
The elections will be the first since long-time ruler Robert Mugabe was removed from power last November following a brief military take over.
 
Mr Mugabe's successor President Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, will be squaring off against Nelson Chamisa, 40, of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change.
 
Elections under Mr Mugabe were marred by corruption, intimidation and violence, but Mr Mnangagwa has vowed to hold a free and fair vote.
 
"EU welcomes the commitment of the government to peaceful, credible, inclusive and transparent elections," Philippe Van Damme, head of the EU delegation in Zimbabwe, said after signing the memorandum with Zimbabwe's foreign minister Sibusiso Moyo.
 
The memorandum sets out the rights and obligations of the EU observers.
 
The new government's "desire to have transparency in the election process (by) inviting different international observers so that they can come and observe our elections... and observe democracy in action," Mr Moyo told journalists after the signing.
 
The head of the last European Union observer mission, Pierre Schori, was thrown out of Zimbabwe in 2002 on the eve of presidential elections that were condemned as flawed.
 
In the intervening years the EU did not send missions to other Zimbabwe polls as Mr Mugabe held a firm grip on power until his downfall.
 
Source: https://bit.ly/2sly0es

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