D-day for Komichi

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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.

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