Articles tagged 'vote rigging'

'Zanu PF poll flaws microcosm of July 31 theft' 5 December 2013 HARARE - The electoral irregularities witnessed in the just-ended Zanu PF provincial elections are a replica of what the nation experienced during the July 31 harmonised elections, analysts said yesterday. Zanu PF, which had suffered a crushing defeat to the opposition in the 2008 vote, turned...
Komichi appeal dismissed 8 November 2013 HARARE - A Harare magistrate has dismissed MDC's chief elections officer Morgen Komichi's appeal against his conviction and 350-hour community service sentence. More details to follow.
Komichi spared jail 8 November 2013 HARARE - MDC chief elections officer Morgen Komichi has been ordered to perform 350 hours community service at Marlbereign Clinic after the courts found him guilty of fraud and contravening the Electoral Act. Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe sentenced Komichi to 18 months imprisonment and suspen...
Komichi trial deferred 29 October 2013 HARARE - The trial of former MDC chief elections officer Morgen Komichi was yesterday deferred after defence witnesses failed to turn up in court. One of Komichi's witnesses was said to be out of the country, while the other one could not testify because he sat through all the trial proceeding...
I did not tamper with ballots: Komichi 23 October 2013 HARARE - Morgen Komichi, MDC chief elections officer, accused of fraud and contravening the Electoral Act, has denied tampering with ballot paper envelopes, claiming when he received the packet, it was open. Komichi told the court yesterday that Michael Phiri handed him open ballot paper envel...
Komichi trial: State closes case 19 October 2013 HARARE - The State has closed its case in the matter in which MDC chief elections officer Morgen Komichi is accused of fraud and contravening the Electoral Act. During trial, Muchadehama said Komichi's bail dismissals were premeditated because he had been told by police officers that he would ...
Senior cop denies plotting to nail Komichi 17 October 2013 HARARE - MDC chief elections officer Morgen Komichi's lawyer Alec Muchadehama yesterday alleged Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and CID chief superintendent Crispen Makedenge connived to formulate charges against him. Makedenge was testifying in the matter in which Komichi is accused of fraud an...
'Zec refusing to avail material to prove rigging' 16 October 2013 HARARE - Thokozani Khupe, deputy president for the mainstream MDC, has accused the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) of scuttling efforts to prove that the July 31 elections were rigged. Khupe thanked Gweru residents for voting for MDC MPs and councillors at a rally held in the Midlands capi...
Komichi loses fifth bail attempt 10 October 2013 HARARE - MDC chief elections officer, Morgen Komichi, has lost his fifth bail attempt after a High Court judge ruled that he was facing a serious offence, which might tempt him to abscond if freed. Komichi was arrested in July, accused of fraud and contravening the Electoral Act. This was a...
Komichi trial deferred 9 October 2013 HARARE - The trial of detained MDC chief elections officer, Morgen Komichi, has been postponed to October 15. State prosecutor Michael Mugabe yesterday gave the court notice that he had travelled out of the country and would only be available next week. The State has so far led six witnesse...
MDC leader shocked by election 'rigging' tales 7 October 2013 HARARE - Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says he is shocked at horror stories on “how Zanu PF rigged the elections”, as he tours the country to hear the views of the people. Tsvangirai last week descended on Masvingo — where he suffered the heaviest electoral loss — addressing t...
Komichi denied bail again 24 September 2013 HARARE - MDC chief election officer Morgen Komichi has been denied bail for the fourth time by Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe. 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 ...
State case weak: Lawyer 21 September 2013 HARARE - Morgen Komichi's defence lawyer Alec Muchadehama yesterday told the court that the State did not have a strong case against his client to deny him bail. Muchadehama while making submissions before magistrate Tendai Mahwe said the State had not provided any evidence through its witness...
We were shocked: Zec official 18 September 2013 HARARE - Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) deputy public relations director Tendai Pamire yesterday said they were shocked to be presented with ballots by the MDC's chief election officer. Pamire, who is still on the witness stand in Morgen Komichi's trial, had been asked by Alec Muchadehama...
90 special ballots went missing: Lawyer 5 September 2013 HARARE - MDC chief election officer Morgen Komichi's lawyer, Alec Muchadehama, has said that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) gave people ballot papers on the streets, while 90 other envelopes went missing. Komichi is accused of fraud and contravening the Electoral Act. He was arrest...
Tsvangirai blasts Sadc 4 September 2013 HARARE - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai says the Sadc election observer mission has failed to live up to its set guidelines for free and fair elections. He said the observer team produced a “saddening” report that is “factually wrong”. Tsvangirai told journalists after visiting his incarcerat...
Komichi shackled for court appearance 31 August 2013 HARARE - MDC chief election officer, Morgen Komichi, yesterday appeared in court in handcuffs and leg irons. Zimbabwean prison officers led Komichi into court wearing chains and prison garb. Komichi stood silently in the dock at the Harare Magistrates' Court. The magistrate accepted a re...
Police hijacked election process: Komichi lawyer 29 August 2013 HARARE - MDC chief election officer Morgen Komichi's lawyer Alec Muchadehama has told the court that police hijacked the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec)'s election process, owing to the chaotic voting process. Muchadehama said this yesterday while cross examining the commission's deputy ch...
Komichi trial opens 28 August 2013 HARARE - Mainstream MDC chief elections officer Morgen Komichi yesterday accused the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) of malpractice and playing to the whims of Zanu PF, as his trial opened at the Harare Magistrates' Court. Komichi was arrested last month, charged with fraud and contravenin...
Its not over till its over 26 August 2013 HARARE - “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." This quotation from 2 Timothy 4 verses 7 aptly describes the peaceful and democratic fight that the people of Zimbabwe have embarked upon to extricate themselves from the clutches of a deeply-entrenched d...
Tsvangirai election challenge dismissed 20 August 2013 HARARE - The Constitutional Court on Tuesday afternoon dismissed with costs Morgan Tsvangirai's petition challenging President Robert Mugabe's re-election, even though he had withdrawn the challenge. Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku ruled that Mugabe election for a seventh term of office was ...
Morgen Komichi denied bail 20 August 2013 HARARE - Morgen Komichi, the chief elections officer in Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC, has been denied bail. Magistrate Anita Tshuma says there are no changed circumstances warranting his release.
It's not over - Tsvangirai 19 August 2013 HARARE - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has said his withdrawal of the presidential election challenge was meant to refuse giving president-elect Robert Mugabe a veneer of legitimacy on a silver platter, highlighting that he will endeavour to use other democratic means to resolve the poll dispute. ...
God is on our side! 18 August 2013 HARARE - To be in or out of court? That is a question. Strategy is about outflanking opposition and never doing what your competitor expects of you. Dexterity is the ability to move out of the orbit or zones of doubt to zones of confidence. While we must confess that we are not the first...
MDC withdraws 17 August 2013 HARARE - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has withdrawn his presidential petition, citing doubts on prospects of getting a fair court ruling after the Electoral Court reserved indefinitely his request to get poll material from the election body. Tsvangirai was contesting the July 31 election resul...