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)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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."

* Sign up to News24's top Africa news in your inbox: SUBSCRIBE TO THE HELLO AFRICA NEWSLETTER

FOLLOW News24 Africa on Twitter and Facebook

Read more on:    zimbabwe  |  ethiopia  |  east africa  |  southern africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.