Sadc must make sure that its members abide by Sadc principles and guidelines on democratic elections: CSOs

Civil Society  Organisations (CSOs) have called on Sadc to be strict and to ensure that member states follow revised principles and guidelines concerning democratic elections. They want Sadc to prootect democracy and human rights in the region.

Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) chairperson, Passmore Nyakureba said

SADC has no intention of making its members abide by the SADC principles and guidelines. West and East Africa have progressed, but SADC has regressed on this issue. Zimbabwe is on the verge of another undemocratic election and youth militias have been called back on the government payroll.

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Tawanda Chimhini, the Director of the ERC added:

There is an agreement among member countries that countries must ensure full participation of citizens in electoral processes (but) when it comes to compliance we have a crisis not only in Zimbabwe, but the whole of SADC. The principles themselves are adequate, but the application is inadequate.

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