Southern Rhodesia Elections February, 1980

The Report of the Commonwealth Observer Group on Elections leading to independent Zimbabwe

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These Election Reports are the observations, conclusions and recommendations of Commonwealth Observer Groups. The SecretaryGeneral constitutes these observer missions at the request of governments and with the agreement of all significant political parties. At the end of a mission, a report is submitted to the SecretaryGeneral, who makes it available to the government of the country in question, the political parties concerned and to all Commonwealth governments. The report eventually becomes a public document.




Never before has the Commonwealth undertaken such a mission or mounted such a major operation in the field. Consultation has been the lifeblood of the Commonwealth, but on this occasion it was translated into action and finally brought to fruition. Although each of us came to this mission as a stranger to his colleagues, a spirit of harmony informed our work throughout.


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