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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.

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The Campaign

The central feature of the Lancaster House Agreement was the commitment of all parties to settle their differences by political means, through free and fair elections. The resumption of British authority in Rhodesia was designed to provide them with an opportunity to do so on an equal basis, with the Governor being required to ensure that his authority, duly accepted by all parties, was effectively and impartially exercised.

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