Makarau defends Zim election results

Morgan Tsvangirai wants the Constitutional Court to declare Zimbabwean elections null and void.

Zimbabwe's Prime minister, leader and candidate of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Morgan Tsvangirai (L), flanked by his wife Elizabeth, casts his ballot in a polling station in Harare July 31, 2013, to vote in a general election. Picture: AFP

HARARE - Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) head Rita Makarau on Sunday defended July's presidential polls.

She said one of the reasons the voters' roll was not released on time was because the registrar general's computer systems were down.

This comes as the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) claims the elections were rigged. The party's allegations centre on the roll which contrary to Southern African Development Community (Sadc) election guidelines was only released hours before polling.

MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has gone to court in a bid to challenge the election results which President Robert Mugabe won with a majority.

Makarau, who was chosen to head the Zimbabwe Electoral Election in February, told the Sunday Mail that all rigging allegations have to be backed by evidence.

She said it did not matter if voters were bussed into a polling station as long as they were registered there.

She said more than 200,000 people, who were assisted to vote, were either visually impaired, elderly or illiterate.

A court will hear this week Tsvangirai's challenge to Mugabe's victory in the poll.

He is alleging that in 28 former MDC constituencies, Zanu-PF supporters were registered under fake addresses and bussed in to vote.