Zuma positive about Zimbabwe polls

2013-07-29 15:09
President Jacob Zuma (File, AFP)

President Jacob Zuma (File, AFP)

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Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma has called on Zimbabwe to hold peaceful elections, saying he believed there had not been any campaign violence in the run-up to the polls scheduled for Wednesday, according to a report.

Times Live reported on Monday that Zuma was sceptical about the Zimbabwe elections.

"... I think you will agree with me that in the last elections, by this time there were problems in Zimbabwe, with violence etc, and everybody was convinced the elections were on a very slippery kind of slope, but I can say today there has been a very, very, very good atmosphere," he said.

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Zuma believed Zimbabweans had learned a lesson from the last elections.

They wanted peaceful elections this time "so that the winner will win without any measures that they can take to disadvantage others".

He said Zimbabwe had done the best it could in the short time it had had to prepare.

"So we would say to the Zimbabweans, please have your elections in peace so that they can be declared free and fair, so that the Zimbabweans can then face the task of reconstructing Zimbabwe and indeed proving that democracy can come back to Zimbabwe.

"So we wish them well. We wish all the parties well in their campaign," he said.

For all Zimbabwe election stories please visit our Zimbabwe Special Report Page.

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