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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Bass Returns From Election Monitoring In Zimbabwe

August 2, 2018
Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, released the following statement following her time monitoring the July 2018 election in Zimbabwe.

“The vast turnout I witnessed during this election demonstrates Zimbabweans desire for democratic governance. While Election Day was peaceful, I am concerned by the violence that occurred in Harare yesterday, leading to needless loss of life. I urge all candidates, political parties and their supporters, as well as the government, to exercise restraint and to condemn vandalism and destruction, as well as excessive force. Most importantly, I urge all those involved to work toward bringing a peaceful and credible conclusion to this electoral process.”

You can also read the full statement offered by the joint International Republican Institute (IRI) and National Democratic Institute (NDI) Zimbabwe International Election Observation Mission (ZIEOM), of which Rep. Bass was a part, to the 2018 harmonized elections here.

Before the trip, Rep. Bass led the passage in the House of the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Amendment Act, which lays out clear steps to lay the framework for bilateral relations with the United States and focuses on governance, rule of law, and human rights, with an emphasis on holding free and fair elections. Read more about the bill here and the full text of the bill here.