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IEC says Zanu-PF not accredited to observe elections in South Africa

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The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) on Tuesday clarified that it has not invited or accredited Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party as an official observer of the hotly-contested May 29 general elections.

The President of Zimbabwe and leader of Zanu-PF, Emmerson Mnangagwa. File picture

THE ELECTORAL Commission of South Africa (IEC) on Tuesday clarified that it has not invited or accredited Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party as an official observer of the hotly-contested May 29 general elections.

The remarks were made by the chief executive officer of the IEC, Sy Mamabolo, on Tuesday, after the commission received a letter from Vuyo Zungula, the leader of the African Transformation Movement (ATM).

In Zungula’s letter, the party leader expressed “grave concerns regarding recent reports indicating that Zanu-PF, the ruling party of Zimbabwe, intends to participate as part of an observer mission for the upcoming elections in South Africa”.

The ATM letter was also addressed to Parliament.

“It is imperative that we safeguard the integrity of our electoral process and uphold the trust of the South African people in our democratic institutions. Allowing Zanu-PF to participate in any capacity would undermine these fundamental principles,” part of Zungula’s letter read.

Last week, The Herald in Zimbabwe reported that Zanu-PF stated that it had been invited by its ally, South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC), to be part of the electioneering team as the ANC enters the final stages of campaigns ahead of the elections.

State media in Zimbabwe, quoting Zanu-PF secretary-general Obert Mpofu, also said Zimbabwe’s ruling party, which has led the southern African nation since independence from British colonial rule in 1980, has been invited to join its “colleague”, the ANC, on its campaign trail.

The IEC on Tuesday clarified that it has nothing to do with Zanu-PF’s “alleged presence in the country”, and the former liberation movement of Zimbabwe would not take part in the elections.

“Yes, indeed we did receive a letter from Mr Zungula complaining about the alleged presence of Zanu-PF. We have nothing to do really as a commission with their presence in the country. Zanu-PF is not an accredited observer mission. The commission has not approved them, has not accredited them.

“So, they won’t be observing these elections and communication in that regard has been made available to Mr Zungula,” said Mamabolo.

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