Distinguished Members of the SADC Organ Troika; Mr Jorge Cardoso, Director of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Affairs, representing the Executive Secretary of SADC; Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission; Leaders and Representatives of Political Parties; Heads of International Electoral Observation Missions; Your Excellencies, Heads and Representatives of the Diplomatic Missions accredited to the Republic of Zimbabwe; Members of the SADC Electoral Advisory Council; SADC Election Observers; Representatives of Local Election Observers; Religious Leaders and Members of the Civil Society; Members of the media; Distinguished Guests; Ladies and Gentlemen. On behalf of His Excellency H.E Joao Manuel Gonc;alves Lourenc;o, President of the Republic of Angola, and the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, and indeed on my own behalf, it is my honour and privilege to welcome you to the official 1

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