The European Union pre-election assessment delegation is expected in Zimbabwe today.
EU Ambassador Phillippe Van Damme yesterday told The Herald that the delegation, which was invited by Government, will meet Government and Zimbabwe Electoral Commission officials, members of the civil society and political parties, among other stakeholders. Said Van Damme:
The purpose of the visit is to assess the feasibility and usefulness of observing elections. The team will meet different people and is expected to come up with a report which will be presented to the high representatives and head of the the commission on the way forward.
Sadc sent a similar mission last week which met several stakeholders in its assessment of the electoral process.
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