This Analysis highlights the importance of the role that election observers play in Zimbabwean elections. Moreover, the legal foundation of election observation are discussed.
Elections have always been observed in Zimbabwe. Election observation is so significant that it is incorporated in the electoral regulations. Election observations mainly after the 2000 parliamentary elections, have courted controversy, when some election observer missions have described the elections as not being free and fair. The Government of Zimbabwe has adopted a selective approach to the accreditation of foreign election observer missions.