Former Ghanaian leader, John Dramani Mahama has called on stakeholders in the elections in Zimbabwe, to ensure peaceful and credible as they go to the polls next week.
Mr. Mahama wants citizens of the southern Africa country, “particularly women and the youth, to participate in this election, and all stakeholders to play their part in ensuring a peaceful and credible process.”
General elections are scheduled to be held in Zimbabwe on Monday, 30 July 2018 to elect the President and members of both houses of Parliament.
This will be the first election since the resignation of former President Robert Mugabe following a military intervention in November 2017.
Overall, a total of 23 candidates are competing in the presidential race, with President Emmerson Mnangagwa, from the ruling ZANU-PF party, and Nelson Chamisa, leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change Alliance (MDC), seen as the frontrunners.
Mr. Mahama, who is leading a Commonwealth Observer Group to the elections, noted in his arrival statement that, “for the first time in Zimbabwe’s electoral history, women are among the presidential candidates: a total of four.”
Former President John Mahama former Ghana EC Chair, Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan serve on the Common Observer Group.
Read the full statement below:
The final report will then be prepared and submitted to the Secretary-General, who will share it with the Government of Zimbabwe, leaders of political parties, the Zimbabwe Election Commission, and thereafter to all Commonwealth governments. It will also be made available to the public.
The final mission report would form a part of the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s assessment of Zimbabwe’s interest in being readmitted to the organisation.
On behalf of the Group, I wish the people of Zimbabwe well as they prepare to exercise their democratic right to vote.