Zimbabwean elections called into question after Mugabe victory

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe. Photo: Reuters

Robert Mugabe has secured his grip on power in Zimbabwe today after his party ZANU PF won a two-thirds majority in parliament in Wednesday's election.

However the legality of the elections have been called into question after claims that voters had been turned away at the polls.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said on Thursday that the election was "null and void" as it was characterised by numerous issues of voter manipulation.

ITV News Correspondent Neil Connery reports:

Key observer groups have broadly endorsed the elections.

The head of the African Union observer mission in Zimbabwe Olusegun Obasanjo said the elections were "free, honest and credible," but later asked authorities to investigate reports that large numbers of eligible voters were turned away from polling stations on Wednesday.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) said the elections were "free and peaceful," but it will not make judgement on fairness.

Supporters of Zimbabwe's Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in 2008. Credit: REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

But Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said it could take to the streets to challenge President Mugabe's victory in elections it rejects as a farce.

"Demonstrations and mass action are options," party spokesman Douglas Mwonzora said.