Ethiopia turns to Zimbabwe as it seeks election advice

2018-09-27 06:14
A Zimbabwe Electoral Commission official checks the voters roll with an LED lamp as night falls in Mabvuku Township (Jekesai Njikizana / AFP)

A Zimbabwe Electoral Commission official checks the voters roll with an LED lamp as night falls in Mabvuku Township (Jekesai Njikizana / AFP)

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Ethiopian authorities are in Zimbabwe to learn how best to conduct an election, according to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, which faced criticism over July's disputed vote.

Like Zimbabwe, Ethiopia has a new leader promising reforms including a "free and fair election" in 2020.

Zimbabwe's electoral commission says on Twitter the visit by National Electoral Board of Ethiopia members is "confirmation that ZEC's conduct of the last general elections was impressive."

Zimbabwe's main opposition unsuccessfully challenged the election in court, alleging manipulation. Some Western observer missions criticised the largely peaceful process.

Ethiopia's former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn chaired the African Union's election observer mission to Zimbabwe. The state-run Zimbabwe Herald quotes the chairperson of Ethiopia's elections body as saying he suggested this visit: "We really got a good impression about it."

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