DA wants Zim election report

SADC's endorsement of Zimbabwe's elections as free and peaceful have been questioned.

FILE: Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG -The Democratic Alliance (DA) wants a copy of the full Southern African Development Community (SADC) observer report on Zimbabwe's elections to be tabled in Parliament so that it can be scrutinised.

Last month, Robert Mugabe leader won a seventh term as the country's leader after beating opposition, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

The 89-year-old's Zanu-PF party won by more than 60 percent.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai slammed the election as a fraud, claiming it was rigged.

While election observers from the African Union and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) declared the elections free and peaceful, the vote has been met with serious criticism from the West.

Despite this, Southern African leaders including President Jacob Zuma have endorsed Mugabe's victory.

The DA's Ian Davidson said it was premature for South Africa to endorse Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's re-election, given reports of serious irregularities in the election.

"We clearly want to know what's in the SADC report. Because we do know that when the initial findings were made known they indicated that the elections were free and peaceful which is quite different from being free and fair."

Earlier this month, 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, the voters roll and intimidation by members of the military and the police."

Meanwhile, Mugabe has been elected deputy chairman of the 15 nation SADC for the next year, putting him in line to be chairman.

He has been in power since Zimbabwe's independence in 1980.