EU says Zim poll peaceful, withholds judgment on fairness

2013-08-01 22:24

Brussels - The European Union, which has eased sanctions on Zimbabwe to encourage reforms, praised Zimbabweans on Thursday for turning out in large numbers to vote peacefully but said it was too early to assess the election's fairness.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai dismissed the election as a "farce" after his rival President Robert Mugabe's party claimed a landslide victory that would secure another five years in power for Africa's oldest head of state.

The EU's verdict on the elections will decide whether it continues to ease sanctions on Zimbabwe or extends them.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton "commends the people of Zimbabwe for turning out in large numbers to cast their votes, in what were broadly peaceful elections", a spokesperson said.

"She calls upon on all parties to maintain calm and order as the results of the poll become known," he said.

The EU will await the assessment of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU) on the elections and reported irregularities, as well as the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission's official announcement of the results, before announcing its own assessment, he said.

Western election observers were barred from entering the southern African country. Regional grouping SADC and the AU had teams monitoring the voting.

One Western diplomat said that, although the elections had been peaceful, there had been some major failings in the electoral process and EU governments would have to reach a consensus on whether the vote was credible.

One EU government, former colonial ruler Britain, said it was concerned that Zimbabwe had not enacted important electoral reform before the vote and by reports that large numbers of voters had been turned away.

The EU imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe in 2002 in protest at human rights abuses and violations of democracy.

In February, EU foreign ministers eased sanctions to reward Zimbabwe for political reforms and agreed to lift sanctions on a state-run diamond mining company, the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation, within a month of the elections provided they were judged peaceful and credible.

A month later, the EU suspended most remaining sanctions on Zimbabwe after voters approved a new constitution.

  • leko.dada1 - 2013-08-01 22:40

    What matters most is what mojority of Zimbabwe national voters are saying in ballot box, those who never registered to vote were planning to lose their freedom of vote, thats democracy at its best...whining is still their choice , atleast.

      Noman Mudashiwenyi Chtewo - 2013-08-02 05:20

      conratulations 0ur no 9 Bob! , u proved that u can aim for the goal with the accuracy of pure mathematics. We are vehemently, vigorously, and enthusiastically ralling behind u! Age is nothing but just a nomber. Bhora mughedhi! For all my zimbo in diaspora, the time is now to cellebrate 100% indipendence! Stop being abused in those countries! Come! Lets rebuild zim, our shining star R G Mugabe is twingling in the sky! We enthusiastically wait fo anouncement whilest we enjoy the pleasure of the progress achieved so fa! Siyabonga!

      TheJaydedKing - 2013-08-02 06:21

      Noman - its your mindless banter that allows evil to persist in the world.

      Ephraim Le-Nation - 2013-08-02 06:37

      whoa bra Jay, you have the audacity to criticize Mugabe and call him devil. are the Europeans angels to suspend sanctions on Zimbabwe? they let millions of people suffer because of 1 man? are they angels, maybe you can tell us.

      Rocco DeWet - 2013-08-02 07:16

      One does have to be mentally challenged to forget about the fact that a quarter (3 million) of the Zim population are refugees in South Africa, and thus could not exercise their right to vote. Just that single fact makes the vote in Zim ludicrous. But they certainly voted with their feet, didn't they? Refugees from Mugabe's mentally challenged policies - in essence "Kill the goose that lays the golden eggs" and then blame the West. Perhaps it is time for rational, intelligent educated smart people, Black and White to not only leave the failed state Zimbabwe, but to leave Southern Africa, and let the region descend into the anarchic poverty that marks other failed states: Congo, Central African Republic, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Mali, etc. Perhaps this is the way it is supposed to be in this neck of the woods.

      Widzo Mateere Moyo - 2013-08-02 09:04

      Rocco we have as much a number of people who are in Zim of SA origin.The Matebeles.We are brothers and neighbours it dates back before you ancestors ever thought of leaving Holland.

  • Effnewname MuppetMafia - 2013-08-01 22:51

    There is a sombre mood ACROSS the EU ?????!!! Are you daft. The zimbo election didnt even crossed the topic discussion list on the weekly assembly. The only reason it came up for discussion is because it was needed for some comic relief. Get over yourself. The only people who care about a junkyard is their owners.

      Karen Ramsay Tannahill - 2013-08-02 07:24

      Quite right. The Europeans couldn't care less about what happens in Zimbabwe. The Colonialists pulled out when there wasn't anything more to be gained and left this huge mess behind. Would be totally different reaction from the EU if Zim had oil or some other rare resource.

      Karen Ramsay Tannahill - 2013-08-02 07:32

      If Zim is such an amazing place to live, why does their president have to go overseas for medical treatment, and why weren't/ aren't his children being educated locally? Why do the people that can afford it all have generators? Why can't you sell a house that doesn't have a borehole?

  • Bob Trekfan - 2013-08-02 00:37

    Someone please, MI6, CIA, French Intelligence, Please KILL HIM NOW!!!!!!!!

      Widzo Mateere Moyo - 2013-08-02 02:48

      You don't kill our Moses,Liberating us from shackles of dependency on aid and Western bullying.We love him and the votes say it all.The puppet overestimated his popularity.

      Azania Khathutshelo Smody - 2013-08-02 07:17

      Typical white,u cn even call king leopold 2 of belgium from da dead

      Lucy Williamson - 2013-08-02 07:39

      Ooooo Azania ... you don't want Leopold back ... he was evil personified. Much worse than CJR!

      Bob Trekfan - 2013-08-02 19:34

      "The tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of Patriots & tyrants" ' Mugabe is the President of a country where you struggle to pay your soldiers & police force & teachers & ALL state employees, yet your beloved Leader Mugabe (who honestly believes he is the greatest thing since Jesus) is the Richest man in Africa. You don't connect starving people and little service and violence and crime, are all connected to a man who has emptied the National Treasury?

      Bob Trekfan - 2013-08-02 19:37

      & just so you know, the European Kings do NOT have any political power, elections are democratic & uninfluenced & not corrupted or stolen. The Prime Minister runs the country so no1 really cares if the King dies

      Bob Trekfan - 2013-08-02 19:38

      & they vote him out 5 years later because they not dumb enough to take what the executive says at fact

  • Gabriel Arnold Zimbango - 2013-08-02 03:23

    The have always been free and fair..tsvangirai 'teddy bear' ndiye anoyema

      Feik Mc Heither - 2013-08-02 05:05

      The Zims have spoken. Maybe they are right, who are we to cry foul play? Maybe they should come fetch their brothers and sisters as our economy is already stressed as is.

      Azania Khathutshelo Smody - 2013-08-02 06:49

      Look huz toking here,u too will leave our country if our real bros hv to go and WHO are u to tell our bros to go,if therz anyone who hv to go its u guys,the real foreiners of africa,makwerekwere.every african is home in africa bt EUROPEANS no no no no

      Bob Trekfan - 2013-08-02 21:32

      Azania, why do you think your fellow countrymen left Zimbabwe? They left because the man YOU voted for President has emptied your countries treasury (making him the richest man in Africa) & because he has destroyed your economy so much that everyone comes here to find woork because we haven't stuffed up our economy yet

  • Feik Mc Heither - 2013-08-02 05:02

    Wtf? Look at that ballot? No wonder Morgan is loosing, lol. There are two MDC's? Who's the other guy? A ploy to confuse the voters, hahahhaaaa. Africa my beginning...

      Bruce Mawillis - 2013-08-02 06:20

      Mdc split a long time ago. Mdct is for tsvangirai and mdcn for ncube.

      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-08-02 10:10

      and MDC99 led by Sikhala

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2013-08-02 06:29

    Just show's the mentality of the massess. They would rather die from hunger and get beaten up. Feel sorry for zim..nOT.

      Sydwell Mabitsela - 2013-08-02 06:35

      Jacobs u r right akere. Zim ppl r hopeless. They dont kno what they want. Why shud we feel sorry for them when they dont. Mx sis.

      Widzo Mateere Moyo - 2013-08-02 06:51

      There is no hunger in Zim,Where do you guys get this crap about hunger and suffering in Zim.I wish somebody could come see for himself.Dont even feel sorry for us.WE ARE DOING FINE!!!!.

      Rocco DeWet - 2013-08-02 07:19

      Moyo why did 3 million Zimbabweans flee to South Afrioa? Most of them since 2007?

      Widzo Mateere Moyo - 2013-08-02 07:57

      Rocco that time our economy was under attack by imperialists because we had embarked on the historic land reform.We suffered a lot but we are now back on our feet.I invite you to check how well our black tobacco farmers are doing on THEIR GOD GIVEN INHERITANCE THE LAND.

  • Titus Mogaladi - 2013-08-02 06:45

    We applaud the people of Zimbabwe for holding peaceful elections. Zanu-PF should consolidate Zimbabwe's sovereignty, rebuild the economy and make it more tolerant of dissenting voices, including independent media. Titus

      Bruce Mawillis - 2013-08-02 07:05

      What we expect is for our old man to rest now, he has led us through the storm and its now time for Cde Joyce Mujuru to take over. During campaigning she did a lot of work and rumours are that she will be leader 3 months. Thats why we are hoping to get majority in parly, the old man can handle us being a minority but a new leader would find it very hard.

  • Widzo Mateere Moyo - 2013-08-02 06:56

    The AU and SADC said it was credible who cares what a bunch of racist imperialists says about the election.Wont they ever learn to shut up up.Their puppet lost and that's it.

      Lerato Ramaphosa - 2013-08-02 11:49

      You should also learn to shut up Mr moyo.Bloody murderer's and thieves stealing people democratic right.No sane person can vote and support Mugabe.Widzo like your name, weeds to be removed out of your head.l see you brain needs deweeding.Zim is dead because of people like you not the whites...You Bugger!!!

  • Bruce Mawillis - 2013-08-02 06:56

    Mdc voters and basically anybody who wanted Mugabe gone were tricked by the cio with that Baba jukwa thing on facebook. While people were looking at the apparent downfall of zanupf on facebook and the so-called rigging mechanisms zanu was cleaning house and consolidating its power in rural areas. Baba Jukwa has to be Cio's greatest moves, they managed to fool cnn,news24,bbc and many people but not me , I know my Zanupf. I know how my party operates for the better good of the nation.

  • Patrick Hayes - 2013-08-02 07:14

    Viva Zanu viva! Down with imperialism! Cde Bob doesn't care about the racist EU's verdict.He said it repeatedly. He wanted AU and SADC endorsment and he got it!Looking foward to your new term Comrade Robert Mugabe.

      Jabu Mzendana - 2013-08-02 07:32

      Hi Patrick I'm happy that whatever developments currently happening in Zim, is actually the will of the people of Zim. However, I have just one concern; is he not a bit too old to still serve? Shouldn't he be giving fresh blood within the party a chance? Can he still be held accountable at this age?

      Karen Ramsay Tannahill - 2013-08-02 07:35

      ....enjoy living with electricity and water and social services and medical facilities and and and.....

      Karen Ramsay Tannahill - 2013-08-02 07:48

      If Zim is such an amazing place to live, why does the president go overseas for medical treatment, why weren't/ aren't his children educated locally? Why do the people who can afford them, all have generators? Why is it difficult to sell a house that doesn't have a borehole? Why is such a large percentage of the country forced to seek jobs inSouth Africa?

      Bruce Mawillis - 2013-08-02 09:06

      Karen we never said Zimbabwe was heaven, we are well aware of our problems and we wisely voted against mdc a party that promoted sanctions. When the liberation war was fought one of the aims was to get our land , we have faced the counsequences of being Zimbabwean but that does not mean we will ever sell our being Zimbabwean out. We hope to move on from all this but like what the voters have said we will never sell out.

  • Azania Khathutshelo Smody - 2013-08-02 07:25

    This group of colonisers hs no shame vhathu

  • Motlhatlhedi WA Mogaka - 2013-08-02 07:36

    As long as the policy of Zim does favour their interest they will sanctiƶn Zim

  • Lerato Ramaphosa - 2013-08-02 11:38

    l believe now that Satan rules the world.lts certainly demonic what Zanu-Pf Sadc And the doing in Zimbabwe!The election was a fraud.We all know that.Zuma and other african leaders what are you doing to man kind.Dou you believe in honesty and the spirit of democracy.What was free and fair in these elections. ....Tell us?

  • Lerato Ramaphosa - 2013-08-02 11:43

    Sadc, Jacob Zuma, The African Union Rig Zim Election. No one voted Mugabe! The results are satanic and demonic. WE WANT TO SEE FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS run independently by the United Nations!

  • Stanford Mbizo - 2013-08-02 12:01

    Widzo, give others a chance. You are intitled to your opinion, just like any other person on this platform. Surely you arent the only Zimbabwean with a view about this country. Even non Zimbabweans are intitled to opinions of their own, especially South Africans who bear the brunt of the problems coming out our country. Be sensitive too, to how are others read your comments.

      Widzo Mateere Moyo - 2013-08-02 13:53

      Mbizo this is not even personal.State your facts buddie.Judging by your surname I thought you would stand by me. Sellout Coward.You are one of those clamouring for change but wont do the necessary voting.

  • Bob Trekfan - 2013-08-02 19:54

    Loving how flipping stupid the Zanu supporters who comment on this page are. Here is another question for them to answer, why would you leave your country in search of a better life when your beloved leader has been saying he will give you one for the past 30 years!!!!!!!

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