SADC Chairperson, Cyril Ramaphosa, said it would be prudent for all political leaders in Zimbabwe to accept the election results in that country.
Emmerson Mnangagwa was declared the winner of the Presidential poll this week.
However, there are many dissenting voices on the opposition benches.
Ramaphosa highlighted the fact that, to a large degree, these elections were a positive step in the right direction for Zimbabwe, adding that the country’s leaders needed to pull together, now more than ever.
“In this regard, President Ramaphosa has appealed to all political leaders and the people of Zimbabwe to accept the outcome of the election and should they have challenges, they must follow legal remedies provided for in the constitution and electoral law,” said Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko on Friday.
A critical aspect about these elections was the general peace during voting, although violence did break out when results were being released. The SADC observer mission was largely satisfied with the manner in which the elections were conducted.
“President Ramaphosa also congratulated the people of Zimbabwe for conducting a peaceful election as declared by the SADC Election Observation Mission and other election observer missions,” added Diko.