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Senator Komichi a victim of ZEC’s negligence
for Democratic Change (MDC-T)
The arrest and
prosecution of the MDC national deputy chairperson and Senator-elect,
Morgen Komichi is an attempt by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission
(ZEC) to divert attention after the electoral body failed
to run credible elections in July.
This was raised today
by Senator Komichi’s lawyer, Alec Muchadehama during the cross
examination of Utoile Silaigwana, the ZEC deputy chief elections
officer at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts.
Senator Komichi was arrested
in July after handing over an envelope with special vote ballot
papers that was found dumped in a dustbin at the Harare International
Conference Centre. “There were serious leakages during the
special voting exercise at ZEC that the police at some polling stations
hijacked the process and the accused was a victim of that,”
“The accused went
to ZEC to ask them to intervene but ZEC sought to divert attention
from itself and the chaos it was creating causing the arrest of
the accused. How ZEC conducted the last election is a classical
story of how not to run an election,” he said.
During the cross examination,
Silaigwana failed to respond to a number of questions raised by
the defence counsel on the number of people who had voted through
the special vote, those who failed to do so, why the police had
taken over from ZEC the voting process and the irregular issuances
of ballot papers.
“All in all ZEC
was not ready to hold the special vote on July 14 and 15 neither
was it ready to hold the July 31 harmonised elections,” said
The trial continues tomorrow
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