Press Statement on International Day of Democracy

Give us the Vote: Exiles Tell the Inclusive Government and SADC
In marking the International Day of Democracy today, the Zimbabwe Exiles Forum (ZEF) made another call for the Diaspora vote to be respected. The organisation again noted that although about 4 million Zimbabweans have been externally displaced, the Inclusive Government in Zimbabwe and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) continue to pay scant regard to the right of those in exile to vote.

ZEFs Executive Director Gabriel Shumba today commented that Apart from the rule of law and respect for human rights, the right to vote goes to the core of any democracy. To deny a significant number of the populace such a fundamental entitlement would render any electoral result questionable in terms of its legitimacy.

Zimbabwe Exiles Forum calls upon the Inclusive Government, SADC and the African Union to ensure that Zimbabweans in exile are allowed a say in the referendum that seeks to bring in a new constitution for the country, as well as in the anticipated elections in 2011.

The organisation also urges South Africa, which has recently started a project to document Zimbabweans in that country, to ensure that it uses its role as facilitator in Zimbabwe to make ZEFs call a reality.

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