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Zimbabwe must honour SADC guidelines on free elections

6 June 2008

The African National Congress is deeply concerned at reports that Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai was detained by Zimbabwean police earlier today (6 June 2008).

It is further concerned by reports that campaign rallies have been banned indefinitely. If these reports are correct they signal a grave threat to the prospect of an environment conducive to a free and fair run-off election.

The ANC calls for all state institutions and all parties in Zimbabwe to make every possible effort to ensure that the SADC guidelines on free and fair elections are upheld. In particular, it is critically important that all candidates are able to campaign freely and have free access to the media.

Issued by:
Jessie Duarte
African National Congress

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