Pan African Parliament poll observers quit Zimbabwe – Rakhudu

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Election observers sent by the Pan African Parliament (PAP) started leaving Zimbabwe on Tuesday after the withdrawal from the run-off by the leader of opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Morgan Tsvangirai.

Member of Parliament (MP) for Gaborone North and PAP member Keletso Rakhudu confirmed yesterday that there was no need to keep the observers in the country because “technically there are no elections”. He said that there are 34 MPs from PAP and 24 technical support staff whose numbers are being scaled down.

“We will only leave a skeletal staff to do the observation and attend to a few things,” he said in a telephone interview from Zimbabwe.

He said that the remaining staff will stay in the country until the voting is complete and will issue an interim statement. “After several weeks or [continue reading]

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