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.



The Organisation and Conduct of the Election

The Independence Constitution provides for a President, and a Parliament consisting of a Senate and a House of Assembly. The President was to be elected by the two Houses sitting together as an electoral college. The Senate was to be chosen by elections involving members of the House of Assembly and the Council of Chiefs, and augmented by members appointed by the President.


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