EU Pre-Election Assessment Team Arrives

A nine member European Union (EU) election exploratory team led by the bloc’s Head of Democracy and Support Unit, Mr Patrick Costello, arrived in Zimbabwe yesterday for pre-election assessment ahead of the harmonised elections this year.

The team will begin work today and will be in the country until Friday. EU ambassador to Zimbabwe, Phillipe Van Damme said the team will meet Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Sibusiso Moyo and Zimbabwe Electoral Commission officials today. On the make up of the team Van Damme said:

We have quite an extensive team of nine people coming, five have come from our headquarters (Brussels, Belgium) led by the Head of Division for Electoral Observation Mission Mr Costello and flanked by heads of Southern Africa Division in our headquarters. On top of our internal people, we have also mobilised for external experts precisely to help quantify what will be required to mobilise an Electoral Observation Mission.


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He said the purpose of the team is to determine whether it will be feasible, useful and advisable to deploy an Electoral Observation Mission. The team is expected to meet various stakeholders, including opposition parties and civic society.

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Sibusiso Busi Moyo (SB Moyo) is a Zimbabwean politician. Moyo became famous when he appeared on national television in the early hours of 15 November 2017, announcing the military intervention by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces. In Nov 2017, he was named Minister of Foreign Affairs... Read More About Sibusiso Moyo

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  1. It makes one proud to see an Army that intervenes in such a disciplined way Emmerson and the Army are the true liberators from the shackles of Robert Mugabe .imagine if they had a Sony Abacha mentality Mugabe his wife and cronies would have faced a firing squad .These guys deserve respect especially from Mugabe and the opposition the freedom of speech they have was an unknown pleasure during Bob’s tenure of office I hope the EU endorses our elections we need to move on we need prosperity.

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