D-day for Komichi

HARARE - A Harare magistrate will today pass judgment in a case in which MDC chief elections officer Morgen Komichi stands accused of fraud and contravening the Electoral Act.

Komichi was arrested in July after he presented to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec), a ballot paper envelope he received from Michael Phiri that had allegedly been picked up from a dustbin at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC), the electoral body’s command centre.

He claims that Zec hatched a plan to implicate him in a crime he did not commit during a meeting that was convened to discuss the ballot paper issue.

Komichi’s lawyer Alec Muchadehama claims Zec failed to handle the July election process well, resulting in some ballot papers going missing.

The State alleges that on July 25 at HICC, Komichi approached Tendayi Pamire seeking an audience with Zec chairperson Rita Makarau after a ballot envelope was found in a rubbish bin outside the command centre.

It is further alleged that Komichi accused Zec of destroying ballot papers of members of the uniformed forces who voted for the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC.

According to State papers, the envelope belonged to constable Mugove Chiginya, a police officer supposed to have voted for the MDC in the Southerton Constituency.

The court heard Chiginya, however, failed to vote during the special voting period.

Comments (4)

As usual, Komichi has no case to answer and will be freed by the courts...........this was a ZANU PF way of drawing attentions from a rigged election, stuuupid!

Steel Wire - 7 November 2013

Well we pray that good judgement take centre stage. I hope this experience will help give us more power and determination. For I know that "where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.". In times like these it is good to remember that there have always been times like these. We pray that you be let free today.

SHAVA - 7 November 2013

How could Komichi plan to discredit of an election he was hoping his party would win? The fact that he approached ZEC tells us he sort to have the issue attended to by the rightful people. If he wanted to discredit the election he would have taken the said materials to the press.

chokwadi - 7 November 2013

God intervene

Gladys Sadza - 8 November 2013

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