We did not see Komichi tamper with ballot: Zec

HARARE - Morgen Komichi may not have opened the ballot papers that he presented to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec), a senior commission spokesperson said yesterday.

Komichi is accused of fraud and contravening the Electoral Act, but denies the charge.

He was arrested after he allegedly presented to Zec, a ballot paper that had been found in a dustbin at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC), the electoral body’s command centre.

Zec chief legal officer Shamiso Chahuruva said that she did not see Komichi opening the grey tamper proof envelope that he is alleged to have unsealed.

“No one saw the accused (Komichi) opening the grey tamper proof envelope or any other envelope,” Chahuruva told the court.

She also indicated that no one saw Komichi taking the ballots from Zec’s custody as had earlier averred that he might have stolen them.

Chahuruva said when Komichi approached the commission, he wanted them to look into the matter of the ballot papers and nothing specific.

Mugove Chiginya, the cop whose ballot was found by Komichi, yesterday denied ever having cast his vote in the special voting exercise.

Chiginya, who was the fifth witness in the trial, said he did not get a chance to vote because his name was not called out on July 14 and 15.

“I left Mount Pleasant polling station around 2100 hours on July 15 after my name was not called out,” Chiginya said. “The following morning I returned to Mount Pleasant but also I could not vote. I later surrendered my SV2 form to two police officers who were collecting the forms.”

According to Muchadehama, Chiginya could vote in Mbare where is a registered voter as well as Southerton, Harare East and Harare constituencies.

Chiginya insisted that he was a registered voter in the Mbare constituency and not in the multiple constituencies that appeared in the ballot presented to Zec by Komichi.

He also professed ignorance as to how the ballot papers found their way into the bin when he did not participate during special voting.

Under cross examination by Komichi’s lawyer Alec Muchadehama, Chiginya said he does not know how he had been registered in the Harare East Constituency.

Chiginya told the court that he was not given a reason why his name was not called out despite having successfully applied for the special vote.

He also told the court that he was later picked up at Rhodesville Police Station and taken to Harare Central Police Station where he was quizzed on whether he had voted in the special voting exercise.

Comments (7)

Court should be busy investigating NIKUV because it was typical of this last election 1. to find ones Special Vote envelope voted for when you didnt vote 2. to find your name thrown in a different constituency or ward that you didnt register. but why arent you suing Zec may i ask

Dakarai - 28 September 2013

& to think after so many iregularities, Komichi remains incacerated. It is clear that this man is innocent & his continued incaceration is a huge cover-up of electoral irregularities. Free Komichi & have ZEC sued.

Truth - 28 September 2013

When is this tragi-comedy going to complete its run? We thought with the end of the election this would die a quiet death. Russian Nobel Luareatte Solzhenitsyn might have a few words about this farce like maybe this trial is equivalent to Stalin years where "corrupting the morals of the enemies of the people" or "treason by intent" were common charges, What is he next going to be accused of? I bet intermational bookmakers, not national, mind must have their telehones ringing off the hook with what this Komichi guy is going to be charged with next. Is he going to be accused of making sure that the MDC lost the election so as to give the other party a bad name? Killing the ghost of Nehanda seeing that he alone knows the friend of the friend of the brother of the sister of the guys who drove into the tree where she is alleged to have been hung? Threatening to reverse the flow of the Zambezi during the UNWTO conference as to make the Vic Falls stop being the only cash cow of the land? Not rationing moonlight equally among citizens thus putting uncalled for pressure on ZESA which of late has not been able to light up the land? Relocating families of hippos into lake Chivero whose sticky effluent is responsible for clogging the water pipes ensuring that no water comes out of tapes for keeps? The authorities must also find it rather a curious coincidence that he has a similar first name to that of the arch enemy of state one Morgan Tsvangirayi or perhaps it is the same Tsvangirayi wearing some fancy disguise to fool authorities that he is someone else? This needless has put untold pressure on the ZRP who are at a loss as to how this legendary opposition man can be in so many places at the same time..Woof!!!

gutter poet - 28 September 2013

A colleague says this Komichi fellow has a lot of explaining to do chief amongst these is what happened to that dangerous Masvingo man who not content to give his wife one baby at a time like all normal people he did not give her two or three but four! If this is not sabotage with a tail what is? Komichi must tell us what that gentleman has been doing to date? Does this guy not turned his vocation into some sinister venture to create an army loyal to him alone seeing that every woman he touches must produce four off spring at a time..if you work out the number of days in a year....Yah this Komichi guy must provide answers!!!!

gutter poet - 28 September 2013

So why was this policeman's name not called for two consecutive days even though his name appears on the Voter Registration?Can someone give us a reason or an explanation?

Squarebasher - 28 September 2013

ZPF "won" the election , so why keeping Komichi? It is akin to flogging a dead horse.

Johno - 30 September 2013

vakunyara kumuburitsa chete haana mhosva Komichi uyu ndomaitiro ayo zanu

morgan is more - 30 September 2013

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