Harare, 2 August. Voting in Zimbabwe’s general elections had been largely peaceful and well-organised, according to Commonwealth observers on the ground.
Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland is about to set out on her first official visits to three Commonwealth member countries in South and South East Asia, during an 11-day trip.
The polls have opened in Zimbabwe in a harmonized election for president, parliament and local councils. Commonwealth observers are monitoring every step of the process.
The Commonwealth Observer Group described Pakistan’s General Election as an ‘important milestone’ in the history of the nation, following two consecutive democratically-elected civilian governments completing their full terms.
The Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group, former Head of State of Nigeria, General Abdulsalami A. Abubakar, called on all registered voters in Pakistan to “come out en masse” to cast their votes today in the general elections.
The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland, has expressed sadness and regret that there have been further incidents of election-related violence in Pakistan with loss of life and injury.
The Commonwealth’s team of observers has begun its assessment of the electoral process in Zimbabwe, leading up to general elections on 30 July.
The University of Roehampton has conferred the honorary degree of doctor of law on the Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland. The citation referred to her dedication to public service and the Commonwealth, and determination to create a fairer, more sustainable, secure and prosperous future for all.
Former Head of State of Nigeria, General Abdulsalami A. Abubakar, will lead a distinguished panel of experts, to be deployed in various regions in Pakistan to observe the electoral process.
The Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, says urgent action is needed to save the world's oceans, since the livelihoods of millions of people depend on their preservation and sustainable development.