WASHINGTON DC —
The executive committee of the Southern African Development Community Forum is meeting in Windhoek, Namibia to review the successes and shortcomings of the parliamentary forum and chart the way forward.
Zimbabwe is represented at the 3 day 14-nation meeting by MDC-T parliamentary Chief-Whip Innocent Gonese who says Zimbabwe’s forthcoming elections have also come under discussion.
The SADC Parliamentary Forum is expected to observe the country’s general elections after being snubbed by Harare following its negative report on Zimbabwe’s 2002 polls.
But it was back again in the country following an invitation by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to observe the 16th March 2013 Constitution Referendum in Zimbabwe.
The 40-Member Mission that composed of Members of Parliament, staff from SADC Parliaments and officials from SADC Parliamentary Forum’s Secretariat was in the country from 11th to 19th March 2013.
In its report after the Zimbabwe mission, the forum said the Zimbabwe Constitution Referendum was historic as it marked the first Referendum ever to be observed by SADC Parliamentary Forum since its formation and therefore presented it with opportunities for learning.
The 2013 Zimbabwe Constitution Referendum Observation Mission is the 29th Observation Mission to be deployed by SADC Parliamentary Forum since 1999 when the Forum started observing elections in SADC Member States.
The SADC Parliamentary Forum is a Regional inter-parliamentary forum that was established in 1996 and was approved by the SADC Summit as a consultative and deliberative body in accordance with Article 9 (2) of the SADC Treaty.