Thursday, 10 April 2008

LWF demands release of Zimbabwe election results

As the situation in Zimbabwe gets ever tenser, the Revd Dr Ishmael Noko, general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation who is himself from Zimbabwe, has issued a strong statement calling on the authorities to release the election results.
"Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko, has expressed great concern for the situation in Zimbabwe, and called on the country's authorities to release the results of the recent elections without further delay in order to allay growing tensions and suspicions ... Noko stressed the elections' significance for Zimbabweans who "long waited for this day, and they went to the polls, standing in queues for hours, in order to lodge their vote." The unconscionable delay of the outcome "does not correspond to the legitimate expectations of the citizens of Zimbabwe. The unacceptable vacuum of information concerning the election outcome only encourages speculation and suspicion. The longer the delay, the greater the potential for unrest," he stated."