Among the participants of the AFRIC mission were representatives of the following countries: Mozambique, Belarus, South Africa, Cape Verde, Portugal, India, Russia, Mongolia, Greece, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, Germany.
All AFRIC observers have arrived several days prior to the election and had a detailed briefing regarding procedures and regulations accepted by the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission. On the election day, observers were traveled to all provinces and in groups of three.
During the visit to the polling stations, AFRIC observers carefully examined the voting areas and after having obtained access voting procedure, highlighted the professionalism of the staff in their reports. Representatives of AFRIC also noted the enthusiasm of the voters who were willing to exercise their constitutional rights.
AFRIC observers were actively communicating with the press: a few days before the E-Day, the head of the mission gave an interview to the Zimbabwe state media, AFRIC press conferences were held before and after the voting day.
According to AFRIC’s General report, the elections met international standards for fair, equitable and transparent elections. The voting and counting procedures were conducted in compliance with the local legislation. However, AFRIC observers stated that introducing modern (digital) technologies would have made the counting process more effective and transparent.
The rights of all participants of the electoral process were exercised, including the right to freedom of Assembly and mass campaigning during the election campaign; equal access of all candidates to the media, respect for the right of candidates and political parties to distribute campaign materials during the election campaign; actual and legal provision of all candidates and political parties with the opportunity to send their representatives to election commissions at all levels, to receive copies of the protocols.
During the escalation of the conflict after the elections, AFRIC international observers released a statement addressing the citizens of Zimbabwe, including leaders of all political affiliations and beliefs, military personnel and law enforcement officials, to act in a manner that corresponds with the kindness that was observed from the people of Zimbabwe throughout the mission, condemning violence in all forms and calling everyone to follow legal procedures.
Along with the AFRIC mission, the following organization monitored the election: Southern African Development Community (SADC), SADC Parliamentary Forum, African Union (AU) Commission, The Commonwealth, Pan-African Parliament, European Union (EU) Commission, EU Parliament, International Republican Institute, IRI, National Democratic Institute, NDI.