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cartercenter.org | Carter Center Preliminary Statement on Zimbabwe's 2023 Harmonized Elections , 25 Aug 4pp
The key findings of this preliminary statement are as follows:
Election Day: On election day, Carter Center observers reported that the voting process ran smoothly at most polling stations; however, in some areas, particularly in Harare, Bulawayo, and Manicaland, polling stations opened late—in some cases more than 11 hours late.
Voting process followed international standards: Palestinian observers (25.08.23)
"By the same token, national observers and parties' agents seem to uderstand their rights and duties and they were satisfied with the process so far,' [Central Elections Commission of Palestine chief Hishum Kuhail] said. "It is worth mentioning here of the gender mix of local observers and parties' agents. In all centres visited, long queues, peaceful environment, order, presence of local observers were evident. The voting process followed international standards. Voters were checked agaist the voters list, then given three ballot papers (Presidential, National Assembly, and local authority). The voter finger is then marked by indelible ink and cast his/her vote [with]in a secure voting screen, and final[ly] cast the votes in their designated ballot boxes."
Although the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission extended voting hours, and the government officially proclaimed Aug. 24 as an additional election day, many stakeholders expressed concerns that logistical delays may have depressed voter turnout in those areas. Closing and counting procedures were assessed as largely positive in the limited number of polling stations the Center observed....
voa | US Embassy Joins Others Voicing Concern About Zimbabwe Election, 26 Aug
"While the election days were predominantly peaceful, the electoral process thus far did not meet many regional and international standards," [US Embassy spokesperson Rebecca] Archer-Knepper said. "We share the deep concerns expressed by ["normally gutless"] SADC and other international electoral observation missions," she said, referring to the Southern African Development Community.
'Joining BRICS Bank widens country's sources of credit' (26.08.23)
[Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube] said this in an interview on the sidelines of the 15th BRICS summit where President Mnangagwa was represented by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga. Zimbabwe is already a member to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, and the Afreximbank among other development financiers.  However, it has increasingly been overlooked for development funding by the IMF and the World Bank owing to political differences with the United States and a few western countries which wield havy influence over the multi-lateral agencies...."Hopefully, beyond joining the bank we can then move on as a country and join the entire BRICS which ag augers well for Zimbabwe and positioning among the nations that are growing and growing pretty fast."
On Wednesday, police took 35 election monitors from the Zimbabwe Election Support Network and Election Resource Centre into custody and charged them with plotting to announce unofficial results. They were released on $200 bail each on Friday.
Newly appointed CCC spokesperson, Mkwananazi wanted by police (26.08.23)
"The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms that Promise Dalubuhle Mkwananzi is being sought in connction with a warrant of arrest issued by Harare Magistrate Court on 22nd April 2020 for defaulting court proceedings ["jumping bail"?]. Promise Dalubuhle Mkwananzi is facing incitement to commit public violence ["insurrection"?] charges under Harare Central CR 2627/07.19 and Harare Public Prosecutor reference 11394/2019."
The Zambian national [SADC dir Nevers Mumba] said a $20,000 registration fee for presidential candidates was restrictive. He also noted the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission's reluctance to release voter rolls to the opposition on time and criticized the disruption of opposition rallies by police.
reuters | Zimbabwe's re-elected president fends off election fraud claims, 27 Aug
It was unclear whether the opposition would use the courts to dispute the election results, as Zimbabwe's judges have historically sided with the governing party. Political analyst Munjodzi Mutandiri, from the Southern Africa Liaison Office, said the opposition had more to gain by taking to the streets than to the courts.

"The questions around judicial independence won't cure the legitimacy challenge (of the results) just as (the electoral commission's) impartiality and perceived lack of independence have created" the disputed results, he said. CCC spokesman Promise Mkwananzi said in a statement that the official results differed from those tallied by the opposition.

"The CCC has initiated a comprehensive citizen's review of the vote count," he said.

economist | Zimbabwe's flawed election will ensure its pariah status endures, 27 Aug
The opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) decried the official tallies—53% for Mr Mnangagwa versus 44% for its leader, Nelson Chamisa—as "fake". It says it will challenge the results in the courts and perhaps on the streets, too. History suggests its efforts will be futile. Either way, Zimbabwe's abject failure to hold credible elections means that its pariah status will endure for the foreseeable future.
"few, if any, free and fair elections in Zimbabwe since white rule ended in 1980"
Before voting there was a "climate of fear", according to observers from the EU. On election day, August 23rd, ballots did not arrive until dusk in some urban areas, where ZANU-PF is weak, yet were ready in remote rural areas, where it dominates. Independent NGOs collating a parallel vote had their offices raided and computers seized. Even observers from the normally gutless regional bloc, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), said the election belied Zimbabwe's constitution&mdsh;and criticised efforts to intimidate its delegation.
election meddling
The CCC says it will soon announce the results of its own parallel vote count. It argues that it is absurd that, though polls show that more Zimbabweans feel the country is going in the wrong direction than five years ago, Mr Chamisa supposedly won fewer votes (1.96m to 2.15m) and a lower share than at the last election in 2018 (when he took 45%). It has lawyers ready to take its case to the constitutional court. Yet Zimbabwe's judges are widely seen as biased towards the ruling party. The CCC will probably try to organise mass protests in an effort to influence the court of international public opinion.
AP | Zimbabwe's opposition alleges 'gigantic fraud' in vote that extends the ZANU-PF party's 43-year rule, 27 Aug
Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa's Citizens Coalition for Change [CCC] party said it would challenge the results as "hastily assembled without proper verification."

"They stole your voice and vote but never your hope," Chamisa wrote in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, in his first public reaction to the election's announced outcome. "It's a blatant and gigantic fraud."

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by Cat on Sun Aug 27th, 2023 at 08:46:52 PM EST
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