ZIMBABWE- Zimbabweans are going to the polls on 30 July – and it will be the first time in 38 years without Robert Mugabe in power.
According to records, about 23 people want to be the next president of Zimbabwe 23 candidates have put themselves forward to contest Zimbabwe’s election on July 30.
Among those who will be on the ticket is incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took power last November after long-term leader Robert Mugabe was ousted in a coup. Mnangagwa has pledged that the vote will be free and fair. A delegation from the European Union will be present.
The impoverished people in Zimbabwe are willing to receive a national leader who will harness the resources in the nation for the general comfort of the people. The election appears frenzy as both presidential contestants are eager to rule Zimbabwe using all resources, connections within their power to woo the electorates.
Common wealth election team observers are already in the country as is led by the former President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, the group is composed of 23 eminent people from across the Commonwealth, including Nigerian former President Goodluck Jonathan who conceded victory to his opponent in 2015 from the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) Presidential candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari .
The team include specialists in law and human rights, as well as gender, youth and media engagement.
“As independent observers, our mandate is to consider factors that affect the credibility of the electoral process and report on whether the vote has been conducted according to the national, regional, and international standards to which Zimbabwe has committed itself,” said Chairperson Mahama in his arrival statement. “We will perform our role with impartiality, independence and transparency.”
Zimbabwe withdrew from the Commonwealth in 2003. In May, the current President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, wrote to the Secretary-General asking her to initiate the re-admission process. In the same letter, he requested the Commonwealth to observe the July elections. The final report of the observer group will contribute to the Secretary-General’s informal assessment of whether Zimbabwe should re-join the Commonwealth.
For Chairperson Mahama, Zimbabwe’s commitment to democratic principles is especially important. “It was here in Harare, in 1991, that Commonwealth Heads of Government issued a seminal declaration committing their countries to a set of principles, including democracy, the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary, just and honest government; and fundamental human rights,” he stated.