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Date:08 Mar 2013
Zimbabwe: Government to Withdraw Request on Poll Funding

The Government of Zimbabwe is considering withdrawing its request for election funding from the United Nations Development Programme after the body set indefensible terms for Government to access the assistance in response to its recent request written through Finance Minister Tendai Biti and Justice and Legal Affairs counterpart Patrick Chinamasa, requesting money to fund the referendum and coordinated elections.

In its response on February 15 titled UN Electoral Needs Assessment Mission (NAM) to Zimbabwe, the global body resolved to set up a team led by a member of the UN Electoral Assistance Division Tadjoudine Ali Diabacte to assess the political situation in Zimbabwe.

A particular importance of the response also requires that the UN team be allowed to have meetings with various groups and personalities in Zimbabwe, including a representative sample of election stakeholders drawn from the UN system, Government authorities, electoral authorities, political parties, legislature, judicial authorities, media, women’s groups, civil society, law enforcement agencies, international community including accredited diplomatic missions, domestic and international observer groups, other assistance providers, commentators, SADC representatives, minority groups and the electorate.

UNDP also suggested that the referendum be postponed, saying: “Given the short time between the request and the date of the referendum, the NAM will not be in a position to make recommendations that can be implemented before the referendum.”


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