WINDHOEK-- The voting, counting and transmission of results of Zimbabwe's July 30 presidential election results were peaceful, according to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Director of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation, Jorge Cardoso.
Addressing the media on the peace and stability situation in the southern African sub-region here Sunday, ahead of the 38th SADC Ordinary Summit of heads of State and Government beginning this Thursday, he said the actual electoral process had not yet been concluded, because of a petition lodged to the Constitutional Court by Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) opposition party to overturn the presidential elections results, alleging they were rigged to ensure victory for president-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The MDC has accused the ruling Zanu-PF party and the election commission of ballot fraud in the general election, Zimbabwe's first poll since the ousting of former President Robert Mugabe in November 2017.
Mnangagwa narrowly won the presidential race with 50,8 per cent of the vote, just enough to avoid a run-off against the MDC's Nelson Chamisa, who secured 44.3 per cent.
"The environment in the country in terms of enabling citizens and political parties to campaign freely has been observed. The freedom of expression and freedom of association was also fully respected by everyone," Cardoso said.
The SADC Secretariat condemned the loss of life which took place after polling day. "We are confident that the institutions and authorities in Zimbabwe will conduct an independent investigation to determine why there has been loss of life on 01 August," Cardoso stated.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK