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Zambian Civil Society Petition SADC Heads of State

An alliance of ten civil society organisations (CSOs) have issued a statement ahead of this weekend’s summit of heads of state of Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) to be held in Malawi. The full text of the statement follows:

We, the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Zambia having observed and analyzed the just ended harmonised elections in Zimbabwe and realizing that a stable Zimbabwe is key to the SADC region’s economic, social and political stability, wish to demand that as the SADC Heads of State Summit takes place in Lilongwe, Malawi this weekend, the following be done:

  • that SADC respects its own rules and regulations on credible, free and free elections;
  • that SADC tables the just ended Zimbabwe harmonised elections at the summit and commissions an independent election audit on the Zimbabwean elections to clear the alleged irregularities cited by the various stakeholders who participated in the elections either as candidates, agents and or observers;
  • that SADC puts in place a mechanism to respect the provisions of the regional, continental protocols, guidelines and treaties governing democratic elections in the region by members states;
  • that SADC demands for the harmonization of national laws on elections with those of the regional and continental standards;
  • That SADC ensures strengthening the roles and functions of election observers in the SADC region

We therefore want to urge all SADC member states that they have a moral responsibility to ensure that democratic elections, which are an important conflict resolution tool, in any country, are credible, free and fair and ultimately reflect the will of the people.

We also wish to salute the bold stance and support the observation by the Botswana Government on the outcome of the Zimbabwe elections and call for a serious scrutiny of the electoral outcome in Zimbabwe and further call on other member states to demand the same.

Signed by:
1. Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP)
2. Southern African Center for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD)
3. Gallant Youth Zambia Foundation (GYZ)
4. Zambia National Women’s Lobby
5. Operation Young Vote (OYV)
6. Anti-Voter Apathy Project (AVAP)
7. Young African Leaders Initiatives (YALI)
8. Chikondi Foundation (CF)
9. Democratic Governance and Human Rights Advocates [DEGHA]
10. Constituency Plan of Action for Children (COPAC)

One Response to “Zambian Civil Society Petition SADC Heads of State”

  1. Decotexx

    Botswana is the only sane country within sadc. These elections smacks of FRAUD. If it walks and quacks like a duck, it is a duck!

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