FOREIGN – The United States has urged all parties in Zimbabwe’s electoral dispute to respect the country’s constitution and the rule of law.
The US Department of State, in a statement issued by its Spokesperson, Ms Heather Nauert, noted “several improvements’’ in Zimbabwe’s recent electoral process compared to what obtained in the past.
On Friday, August 24, Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court declared Emmerson Mnangagwa the winner of the July 30 presidential election and Zimbabwe’s next President.
Consequently, the Court dismissed Nelson Chamisa’s – the candidate of opposition Movement for Democratic Change Alliance – challenge of the election results.
“The IRI-NDI Zimbabwe International Electoral Observation Mission reported, “several improvements to the electoral process compared to Zimbabwe’s past elections, though equally important problems gave rise to deep concerns that the process thus far has not made the mark.’’
The US said further reforms were necessary to meet standards Zimbabweans expect, deserve and which reflect regional and international best practices for democratic elections.
“The United States remains concerned over politically motivated human rights violations and abuses and acts of post-electoral retribution in Zimbabwe.
“Violence and unlawful activity should not be part of the political process and those responsible for such transgressions must be held accountable,’’ the US said.