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Government committed to holding peaceful and credible election

Story Peter Chivhima

GOVERNMENT is putting in place a cocktail of measures to ensure the August 23 general elections are credible.

With a month left before the nation holds general elections, the government organised an engagement for stakeholders to give an update on the country’s preparations for the general elections set for the 23rd of August.

“We have put various mechanisms to ensure that the polls which are slated for next month are credible. We are working together with several stakeholders so that peace prevails,” said the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Honourable Ziyambi Ziyambi.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, Dr Gerald Gwinji said, “As police, we are well prepared for the elections. The country continues to enjoy peace. The police has put in place strategies for the nation to hold free and credible elections. The formation of the election steering committee to oversee elections and the department is headed by a senior police rank. How police are going to behave themselves has a bearing on the elections and right now police are carrying out refresher courses with 88 percent already trained. Also, police are carrying out awareness campaigns. Coming to the issue of Political gatherings the police have the duty to monitor.”

There were also messages for diplomats accredited to Zimbabwe, election observer missions and political parties.

“Observer Missions and Diplomatic Missions are welcome to observe the elections, and I wish to underscore that you are free to make your observations and recommendations in an impartial manner. I assure you that we have nothing to hide as we have conducted free and fair elections since attaining independence in 1980. We are confident that the peace and tranquillity that is prevailing will continue during and after the election period. Zimbabweans are law-abiding and peace-loving people, noted the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Honorable Fredrick Shava.

Speaking to ZBC News, Deputy Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Honorable Kindness Paradza called on candidates to make use of the free airtime provided by the media during the election period.

“We are calling on all candidates to take advantage of the free air being offered by ZBC and other media to sell their manifestos. Zimbabwe is a free country so everyone must take advantage of this,” he noted.

Diplomats are confident the current peaceful environment will result in a credible election as explained by Nigerian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Muhammad Musa.

“We are convinced that the polls are going to be credible considering the peaceful environment we are currently experiencing countrywide.”

Government has been engaging various stakeholders including the church on the need to uphold peace during the election period.

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