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trial exposes Zec
August 30, 2013
trial of former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s chief elections
agent Morgan Komichi has exposed gross inadequacies within the Zimbabwe
Electoral Commission (Zec) and the shambolic nature of the country’s
It emerged during
the trial yesterday that the police officer whose ballot papers
were allegedly picked up from a rubbish bin at a Harare hotel was
actually registered in four different constituencies and could have
easily voted four times.
The trial is
centred on ballot papers that were allegedly picked up from a dustbin
by an unidentified person and given to Komichi before the latter
submitted them to Zec. The ballot papers were supposed to be used
by one Constable Mugove Chiginya during
the special voting exercise conducted on July 14 and 15.
In a statement
that he made to the police which was produced in court yesterday,
Chiginya indicated that he was registered as a voter in Mbare constituency.
But the envelopes
from which his ballots were retrieved showed that he was also registered
in Southerton, Harare and Harare East.
Part of a register
used at a polling station to cancel off names of police officers
who would have voted, which was also produced in court, confirmed
that Chiginya was registered in Southerton.
marked Mbare indicated that Mugove had voted in Ward 9, but Komichi’s
lawyer Alec Muchadehama said there was no Ward 9 in Mbare. He said
Ward 9 was in Harare East.
these discrepancies during cross–examination, Zec deputy chief
elections officer Utoile Silaigwana - who is a State witness - said
he was unable to comment on that issue.
said such discrepancies proved that the special vote polls were
is typical of what Zec was doing in this election, registering people
in constituencies they did not reside in, sending ballots to wards
that did not belong to them and having phantom voters to vote on
behalf of people that would not have voted,” Muchadehama said.
“I put it to you that this is more than confusion. It is chaos
at its worst.”
Zec, he said,
wanted Chiginya to vote in a ward in Harare East instead of in Mbare
where he was registered.
said his client had told Zec that there were many other envelops
in the same dustbin and the reason why Komichi did not disclose
the person’s name was because he knew the electoral body would
get that person arrested instead of investigating the case. The
trial continues today.
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