ZANU-PF supporters attend a rally held by Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Marondera, Mashonaland East Province. Picture: Shaun Jusa/Xinhua

Johannesburg – The head of the African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM), Hailemariam Desalegne, will arrive at Robert Mugabe International Airport in Zimbabwe on Tuesday. 

Desalegne is the former Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. He was appointed by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat, to lead the African Union Election Observation Mission to the harmonised Zimbabwe elections of 2018.

The AU conducts its election observation in accordance with the AU Charter on Democracy Elections and Governance; the AU Declaration on Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa; the AU Guidelines for Election Observation and Monitoring Missions; the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights; and the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation. It will also be guided by Zimbabwe’s constitution and legal framework governing the conduct of elections.

Zimbabweans will go to the polls on July 30, in the first post-Mugabe election which is expected to cement President Emerson Mnangagwa's position as the country's leader. 

African News Agency/ANA