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.



Method of Work

In London, en route to Rhodesia, we met the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Mr. Shridath Ramphal, whose remarks to us are at Annex 4. We also took the opportunity of meeting Britain's Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Relations, Lord Carrington, who had chaired the Lancaster House Conference. In welcoming us, he emphasised the paramount importance of our work, and assured us of the co-operation of the British administration in Rhodesia.


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