Power and Politics

President Hichilema calls for peaceful and orderly electoral process in Zimbabwe


President Hakainde Hichilema has wished the people of Zimbabwe a peaceful and orderly electoral process.

Hichilema also called on all citizens in Zimbabwe to exercise their constitutional rights as they go to the polls on Wednesday.

The President is the Chairperson of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.

He further urged Zimbabweans to stay calm before the announcement of the election outcome.

The Head of State in a statement issued in Lusaka on Monday said a fundamental ideal of SADC was the consolidation of democracy, which is defined by regular, credible, free, fair, and transparent electoral processes.

“In 2004, the SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government adopted the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections,” he said.

Hichilema said the ideals behind these principles were aimed at giving the citizens of the SADC region a peer-to-peer mechanism through which countries can achieve an orderly political and economic transition.

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He said in pursuit of this ideal, SADC regularly deployed its electoral observation mission to its member states, who would conduct national elections.

“In this regard, the citizens of Zimbabwe are participating in a general election to choose their political leadership on August 23, 2023,” Hichilema said.

It was important, he said, for citizens of Zimbabwe to exercise their constitutional rights and participate in this crucial phase in their system of governance and to enhance the common goal for regional economic, political and social development.

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