Zimbabwe: 2008 Election observer missions and statements

Updated November 2009

All links working 5 March 2010


  • Bodies that are known to have sent observer missions to the 29 March elections are marked with an asterisk (*).
  • Bodies that are known to have sent observer missions to the 27 June elections are marked with a hash (#).
  • On 17 May the Minister of Foreign Affairs stated that foreign observers invited to observe the 29th March elections were invited to observe the presidential run-off scheduled for 27 June 2008 and that no other invitations would be extended (Veritas 2008).

Countries and bodies excluded from observing the elections

Accreditation was denied to the following bodies:

Countries and bodies invited to send observer missions

Countries invited

All Southern African Development Community members:

Other African countries:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Libya
  • Nigeria
  • Senegal
  • Sudan
  • Uganda

Eurasian countries:

  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Malaysia
  • Russia

Latin American countries:

  • Brazil
  • Jamaica
  • Nicaragua
  • Venezuela

Bodies invited

The following bodies have been invited to send observers:

Political parties invited


JONGWE, F 2008 "Western monitors barred from Zim poll", Mail & Guardian, 7 March, [www] http://www.mg.co.za/article/2008-03-07-western-monitors-barred-from-zim-poll [opens new window] (accessed 5 Mar 2010).

RUSERE, P & MOYO, B 2008 "Zimbabwean Government Selective in Accrediting Election Observers", Voice of America, 7 March, [www] http://voanews.com/english/Africa/Zimbabwe/2008-03-07-voa72.cfm [opens new window] (accessed 5 Mar 2010).

MCGREAL, C 2008 "Zimbabwe bans western observers from ballot", The Guardian, Saturday March 8 2008, [www] http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/mar/08/zimbabwe [opens new window] (accessed 5 Mar 2010).

PIET, B 2008 " Zimbabwe elections: SADC MPs uninvited, Europe barred" IN Mmegi, [www] http://www.mmegi.bw/2008/March/Thursday13/8.php [opens new window] (accessed 5 Mar 2010).

SAPA 2008 "Zimbabwe invites 47 teams to observe election", Mail & Guardian, 7 March, [www] http://www.mg.co.za/article/2008-03-07-zimbabwe-invites-47-teams-to-observe-election [opens new window] (accessed 5 Mar 2010).

VERITAS 2008 "Bill Watch 20/2008", 17 May, Legal Brief [www] http://www.legalbrief.co.za/article.php?story=20080519095937766 [opens new window] (accessed 5 Mar 2010).