United States Senator Chris Coons has revealed that free, fair and credible elections are a necessary step for the United States of America to remove smart sanctions on Zimbabwe’s leadership. He also said that the United States will not dictate specific terms although it wishes to see more in terms of election laws and following the Constitution.
Said Senator Coons,
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…I am intentionally saying that it is a journey that we are on together. Free, fair and credible elections are not the end of that journey, they are a midpoint. We do believe that we can have, and we are excited to have a more expanded relationship. So we shouldn’t look at the possible reduction or lifting of sanctions as the endpoint, or perhaps as a midpoint. We have heard lots of different suggestions from different parties, from civil society, from politicians about the most important thing to do next, this is the most important thing to do next, things must happen with the election laws and the constitution, things must happen with the voting rolls, things must happen with the role of the military in the election. It is not our place I think for us to have a specific menu and timeline. I think there is wisdom among many Zimbabweans where their sense of what must happen in the next few months for there to be progress towards credible elections.