Call for Violence-Free Elections in Zim

Zimbabwe's top judge calls for elections slated for later this year to be violence-free

Zimbabwe's top judge has called for elections slated for later this year to be violence-free, as ill-preparedness raised fears of a repeat of previously bloody polls.

Chief justice, Godfrey Chidyausiku, says that, "We add our voice to those who are calling for free and fair elections that are held in a violence-free atmosphere."

Chidyausiku is of the view that while the courts stand ready to hear cases relating to the forthcoming elections, he hopes that litigation if any, relating to the running of and the results emerging from the polls, will be very little.

Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch warned that the country is well behind schedule with vital reforms needed to ensure a credible and violence-free election.

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