The European Union Election Observer Mission (EUEOM) has disowned a press statement which is circulating and is dated 20 July. The statement in question alludes to the alleged affair between Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) Justice Priscilla Chigumba and Minister of Mines Winston Chitando and the conflict of interest as a result of the alleged affair. In dismissing the statement, the EUEOM said,
Fake Press Release: please be advised that the so-called “press release” dated 20 July is fake. The EUEOM did not issue this paper. All press releases by the EUEOM can be found on the website:
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The purported statement reads,
Harare 20 July 2018: The Zimbabwe’s 2018 elections are a critical test of its reforms. The presence of the European Union observers demonstrates the union’s commitment to the conduct of peaceful, inclusive, transparent and credible elections.
While there is a commitment from the Zimbabwe Government to meet these objectives we wish to note with concerns some issues highlighted by the opposition party and other civic society groups. These concerns include issues of the printing of the ballot paper and the more recent revelations of potential conflicts of interest from the elections commissions. It was our view that these concerns should be addressed to satisfactory standards ahead of the elections.
Winston Chitando is a Zimbabwean politician who currently serve as the Minister of Mines and Mining Development. He was appointed to this ministry by Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa in November 2017. Read More About Winston Chitando
Justice Priscilla Chigumba is a judge of the High Court of Zimbabwe and the Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). Justice Chigumba succeded Justice Rita Makarau as the chairperson of ZEC. Chigumba was appointed the chairperson of ZEC on 31 January 2018. Read More About Priscilla Chigumba
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is an independent body which controls and or manages all election processes at all levels in Zimbabwe. Despite being registered as a non-partisan body, ZEC has been criticised for aligning itself with the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU... Read More About Zimbabwe Electoral Commission