Zimbabwe: 2008 Election observer missions and statements
Updated November 2009
All links working 5 March 2010
- Bodies that are known to have sent observer missions to the 29 March elections are marked with an asterisk (*).
- Bodies that are known to have sent observer missions to the 27 June elections are marked with a hash (#).
- On 17 May the Minister of Foreign Affairs stated that foreign observers invited to observe the 29th March elections were invited to observe the presidential run-off scheduled for 27 June 2008 and that no other invitations would be extended (Veritas 2008).
Countries and bodies excluded from observing the elections
Accreditation was denied to the following bodies:
- European Union
- * EISA:
Carter Center & EISA Statement of support for national & international election observation in Zimbabwe
EISA Observer Mission Report [PDF document]
- European Union and all member countries
- Southern African Development Community - Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF) was told to send members under the SADC mission
- TransAfrica Forum and Africa Action: "The Zimbabwe Elections: A Dream Deferred", http://www.transafricaforum.org/files/u1/ZimbabweElectionsReport.pdf [PDF document, opens new window] (accessed 15 may 2009)
- United States of America
- * Young Communist League of South Africa: Statement on Harmonised Elections [PDF document]
- * World Council of Churches and All Africa Conference of Churches Ecumenical Observer Team Mission Report on Harmonised Elections
Countries and bodies invited to send observer missions
All Southern African Development Community members:
- Botswana members included with SADC mission: "Statement by the Botswana observer team", http://www.thezimbabweindependent.com/index.php/opinion/20709-runoff-poll-did-not-represent-will-of-zimbabweans--botswana [opens new window] (accessed 15 May 2009)
- * South Africa
Other African countries:
Latin American countries:
The following bodies have been invited to send observers:
- * African and Caribbean Pacific (ACP)
- *# African Union (AU): Report of the Pan African Parliament Election Observer Mission, Presidential Run-Off Election and House Of Assembly By-Elections, [www] http://www.pan-africanparliament.org/Controls/Documents.aspx?DID=1029 [PDF document, opens new window] (accessed 20 Nov 2009)
- Association of South East Asian Nations
- * Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA): Preliminary Statement on Harmonised Elections [PDF document]
- Community of Lusophone countries
- * East African Community
- *# Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
- Economic Community of Central African States
- Inter-Governmental Authority on Development
- Maghreb Union
- Non-Aligned Movement
- *# Pan African Parliament:
Pan-African Parliament observers were included in the AU mission: "Report: Presidential run-off election and House of Assembly by-elections Republic of Zimbabwe, June 27, 2008" http://www.pan-africanparliament.org/Controls/Documents.aspx?DID=1029 [PDF document, opens new window] (accessed 10 Mar 2010)
Interim Statement on Presidential Run-Off [PDF document]
Interim Statement on Harmonised Elections [PDF document]
- *# Southern African Development Community (SADC):
Preliminary Statement on Presidential Run-off [PDF document]
Preliminary Statement on Harmonised Elections [PDF document]
Democratic Alliance: Minority Report on the 2008 Zimbabwe [harmonised] elections
- *# SADC - Electoral Commissions Forum:
Statement on Presidential Run-Off
Statement on Harmonised Elections
Political parties invited
- African National Congress of South Africa
- * December 12 Movement Eyewitness report from Zimbabwe on harmonised elections [opens new window]
JONGWE, F 2008 "Western monitors barred from Zim poll", Mail & Guardian, 7 March, [www] http://www.mg.co.za/article/2008-03-07-western-monitors-barred-from-zim-poll [opens new window] (accessed 5 Mar 2010).
RUSERE, P & MOYO, B 2008 "Zimbabwean Government Selective in Accrediting Election Observers", Voice of America, 7 March, [www] http://voanews.com/english/Africa/Zimbabwe/2008-03-07-voa72.cfm [opens new window] (accessed 5 Mar 2010).
MCGREAL, C 2008 "Zimbabwe bans western observers from ballot", The Guardian, Saturday March 8 2008, [www] http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/mar/08/zimbabwe [opens new window] (accessed 5 Mar 2010).
PIET, B 2008 " Zimbabwe elections: SADC MPs uninvited, Europe barred" IN Mmegi, [www] http://www.mmegi.bw/2008/March/Thursday13/8.php [opens new window] (accessed 5 Mar 2010).
SAPA 2008 "Zimbabwe invites 47 teams to observe election", Mail & Guardian, 7 March, [www] http://www.mg.co.za/article/2008-03-07-zimbabwe-invites-47-teams-to-observe-election [opens new window] (accessed 5 Mar 2010).
VERITAS 2008 "Bill Watch 20/2008", 17 May, Legal Brief [www] http://www.legalbrief.co.za/article.php?story=20080519095937766 [opens new window] (accessed 5 Mar 2010).