Zimbabwe poll observers endorse Putin’s re-election

By Staff Reporter

Zimbabwean observers have declared just-ended Russian elections as free and fair despite massive irregularities leading to incumbent President Vladimir Putin’s landslide victory pointed out by the west.

The Russian poll was held from March 15 to 17, 2024.

The Zimbabwe Election Observer Mission to the 2024 Presidential Elections of the Russian Federation was led by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson Priscilla Chigumba.

In her mission’s report, Chigumba said the general atmosphere surrounding the poll was very conducive for elections.

“The mood was relaxed and cheerful as people were exercising their right to vote.

“This is a clear sign of a mature democracy in which elections are not perceived as a life and death activity,” reads the report in part.

Chigumba’s mission also praised the Central Elections Commission of the Russian Federation (CEC) for managing the election in an efficient and professional manner.

“Our mission is impressed by the steps that the CEC took to ensure that all eligible voters are given an opportunity to exercise their right to vote.

“The mission takes note of the extended period of voting,” Chigumba said.

The position was largely predictable as Zimbabwe is an ally to Russia.

Putin recently donated a shipment of grain to Zimbabwe and a helicopter to President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

ZEC’s own integrity as an impartial poll management authority has been questioned by local opposition parties who claim its bias towards the ruling Zanu PF party.

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