AG commends Sadc team

The Attorney Generalʼs Office has commended the SADC Electoral Advisory Council (SEAC) for working to
ensure there is an enabling environment for the holding of peaceful elections in the region.
SEAC is on a Pre-Election Assessment Mission in Zimbabwe, which ends today.
Speaking after a stakeholder meeting with SEAC yesterday, Attorney General Advocate Prince Machaya
said they held cordial deliberations, which culminated in the provision of information on issues raised.
“We have been meeting with SEAC, which is in Zimbabwe to discuss with various stakeholders on the
issues regarding the harmonised elections in this country,” he said.
“The Council reports to the organ of the Troika on its findings relating to the state of preparation
Zimbabwe is, in relation to the impending harmonised elections.
“They have raised a number of issues which we have responded to.
“We have been very happy to provide the Council with the responses that they have been looking for and
we feel that the existence of this Council enables countries within the SADC community to ensure that
their preparations for peaceful, credible elections are done in the proper manner.”
Adv Machaya said the SEAC team had been satisfied with the assistance rendered by the AGʼs office.
“I hope that when their report is ultimately released, it will speak to the issues that they have raised with
“We gave our frank responses to the questions that they raised; I think that they were generally satisfied
with the responses that we gave,” he said.
SEAC Chairperson, Justice Ticheme Likhwa Dlamini, said the AG had articulated issues in a comprehensive
and informative manner.
“The meeting we just had with the learned Attorney General was very informative and we are happy about
the responses that they gave to us.
“We all know that elections are governed by law and he is the principal legal advisor for the Government
of Zimbabwe and therefore, he is one of the major stakeholders that we definitely needed to see,” he said.
Justice Dlamini said details of the teamʼs mission would be released as soon a report has been prepared
and adopted by the regional blocʼs chairperson.
“We will conclude our mission tomorrow (today) and then depart to our capitals on Friday. Unfortunately,
I cannot go into detail.
“Our findings at this moment are still confidential until we prepare a report and submit it to the
appropriate person of the organ, which is the chairperson,” he said.
SEAC will today meet with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, after which it will conclude its mission.

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