DA to table alternative election report in Parliament

The Democratic Alliance, South Africa’s official opposition, will later this week present an alternative report on the recent elections in Zimbabwe in Parliament.

Senior officials that will present the report include Parliamentary Leader, Lindiwe Mazibuko, DA Shadow Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ian Davidson, DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Southern African Development Community observer, Masizole Mnqasela, and DA Member of the National Council of Provinces and SADC observer, Herman Groenewal.

Alexandra Leisegang, the party’s Research and Communications Officer, confirmed the development. “The DA will outline our reasons why we do not believe the Zimbabwe elections can be considered free and fair,” Leisegang.

Reports from the DA’s election observers in Zimbabwe, which formed part of the SADC delegation, confirmed observations from civil society that the country’s election was marred by serious irregularities, due to an incorrect voters' roll.

According to observers, people were also allowed to vote using registration slips without actually being on the voters’ roll, casting doubt on the integrity of the voting process.

In some instances, in Mashonaland West, East and Central, voters were being frog marched to voting for Zanu (PF).

The party had previously raised concern at the shambolic voters’ roll arguing the elections should not have taken place without a transparent and updated roll.

It argued all parties should have been provided with access to the roll to avoid any manipulation. DA has criticised President Jacob Zuma's assertions that the poll was credible.

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