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The Catholic Church on Wednesday's vote in Zimbabwe



A joint statement of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Bishops’ of Zimbabwe and the Inter-regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) says the July 31st elections in Zimbabwe took place in a peaceful atmosphere. The two organizations of the Catholic Church deployed 2,796 election observers across Zimbabwe. IMBISA has for years supported efforts to promote democracy in the Southern African nation. The statement however said there were some difficulties, such as the confusion over voters lists, some incidents of intimidation or coercion and delays in the opening of polling stations, among others. But overall voting went well, the statement said.
On Friday, the African Union and the regional Southern African Development Community (SADC) also praised Zimbabweans for the peaceful elections despite some irregularities.
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, the main opponent of President Robert Mugabe in the presidential vote, has declared the election ``null and void.'' Results from Wednesday’s elections are expected by Monday.
(AP Photo) Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, head of the AU 70-member election observer mission in Zimbabwe speaks to media in Harare Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. Obasanjo said voting in the country itself was peaceful but the observers noted incidences that could have been avoided and even tended to have breached the law.




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