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Zimbabwe: Elections

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 22 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many election monitors the UK will provide to the presidential elections in Zimbabwe. (197785)

The Government of Zimbabwe stated that ‘unfriendly’ countries would not be invited to observe the elections. This meant that no formal EU Observation Mission observed the 29 March elections and no formal UK observers were sent. 10 British embassy diplomatic staff, who are based in our embassy in Harare, were permitted to observe the elections informally along with other members of the diplomatic corps in Zimbabwe.