Zimbabwe invites 46 countries to observe 2018 polls

The Zimbabwean government has invited 46 countries across the world including China to observe general elections scheduled for mid-2018. According to a list of invited observers released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, 15 regional and continental bodies are also invited. Among the notable invited observers are the EU and the U.S, which have not observed Zimbabwe’s elections since 2002, when relations soured over alleged human rights abuses by Harare.

The government also invited liberation movements from the African continent, including the African National Congress of South Africa, the Botswana Democratic Party, and the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola. Two individuals, Jeffrey Flake, a senator for the U.S. State of Arizona, and Andrew Jackson Young Junior, a former U.S. congressman, have been invited.