Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa wants Southern African countries to start holding their elections without international observers.
President Mnangagwa said while speaking at a state dinner he hosted for visiting Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera, who began a two-day state visit on Wednesday.
The Zimbabwean leader, who won a controversial election two years ago, claimed foreign observers were biased.
President Mnangagwa said that by successfully holding a presidential election re-run early this year without foreign observers, Malawi had showed the region that it can go it alone.
The Southern African country held polls in June without the United Nations, Southern African Development Community (SADC) and foreign civil society organisations, “but they were successful, peaceful elections conducted by Malawi on its own,” he said.
“This makes us think whether it’s still necessary in future for SADC countries to look for supervision from across oceans,” President Mnangagwa said.
Zimbabwe will hold its next General Election in 2023 and the 77-year-old ruler is accused of trying to create a one party state by clamping down on the mainstream opposition.