Zim elections not free and fair - DA

The DA has cast doubt over President Robert Mugabe’s victory in the Zimbabwean general elections.

DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday said it did not believe Zimbabwe's elections were free and fair.

The party expressed its view at a media briefing in parliament earlier.

Millions of Zimbabweans headed to the polls last week in which President Robert Mugabe once again retained his grip on power.

Mugabe has been at the helm since Zimbabwe's independence in 1980.

Last week, party won by more than 60 percent beating the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said, "The were indications leading up to the election date, which we think was too soon, that there were irregularities with the registration process, with the voters roll and with intimidation by members of the military and the police."

President Jacob Zuma has congratulated Mugabe on his victory while neighbouring Botswana says it does not believe the elections were free and fair.

Botswana has called on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to conduct an independent audit into the elections.

Meanwhile, Tsvangirai has indicated that he plans to challenge the election results as he believes they were rigged.

The party is expected to approach the courts by Friday.