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Zimbabwe: Elections

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 161585, tabled on 6 July 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure free and fair elections in Zimbabwe.

Answered on

12 July 2018

The UK has consistently called for free and fair elections in Zimbabwe, in line with the country's constitution. We have engaged regularly with actors from across the political spectrum to discuss how the international community can best support Zimbabwe's democratisation process. Most recently, our Ambassador in Harare met President Mnangagwa on 1 June and Movement for Democratic Change Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa on 15 June, to discuss these points.

The UK will participate in the EU Electoral Observation Mission has been deployed to Zimbabwe to monitor the electoral process. Between 2014 and 2019 we are spending £24 million on civil society support for transparency, accountability, human rights and citizen engagement in Zimbabwe, much of which will help support democratisation. This includes an increase of £5 million announced in February specifically to support election-related work.