• All Share : 51629.6684
    DOWN -0.81%
    Top40 - (Tradeable) : 46120.817
    DOWN -0.94%
    Financial 15 : 17051.6607
    UP 0.05%
    Industrial 25 : 67205.9309
    DOWN -0.72%
    Resource 10 : 34806.4141
    DOWN -3.68%

  • ZAR/USD : 12.6812
    DOWN -0.04%
    ZAR/GBP : 19.7244
    DOWN -0.05%
    ZAR/EUR : 13.8751
    DOWN -0.12%
    ZAR/JPY : 0.1019
    UP 0.10%
    ZAR/AUD : 9.311
    UP 0.93%

  • Gold US$/oz : 1085.5
    Platinum US$/oz : 961.7
    Silver US$/oz : 14.51
    Palladium US$/oz : 599
    Brent Crude : 49.67

  • All data is delayed by 15 min. Data supplied by Profile Data
    Hover cursor over this ticker to pause.

Tue Aug 04 07:27:48 SAST 2015

Zimbabwe bars the West from monitoring its elections

Sapa-AFP | 05 March, 2013 00:14
A polling officer fixes a sign indicating a polling station in Bulawayo Zimbabwe. File photo
Image by: Emmanuel Chitate / Reuters / Reuters

Zimbabwe's government yesterday rebuffed calls for international observers to be allowed to monitor its elections, which are slated for July.

"Zimbabwe will not allow countries that imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe to participate as observers," Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi said.

His comment would rule out the participation of most Western observers in monitoring the crucial poll, amid ominous signs of political violence.

Mumbengegwi called for sanctions to be removed "unconditionally and in their totality".

The EU last month eased sanctions against Zimbabwe, but the US has said it will only end restrictions after more reforms.

A series of arrests and deaths have raised questions about whether supporters of President Robert Mugabe will choose the baton or the ballot box. Radio stations have been raided and the son of an opposition leader has died in a suspected firebomb attack.


If you have an opinion you would like to share on this article, please send us an e-mail to the Times LIVE iLIVE team. In the mean time, click here to view the Times LIVE iLIVE section.