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Dumped ballots should have been handed to Zanu PF – ZEC official
for Democratic Change (MDC-T)
The person who
found ballot papers dumped in a dust bin at the Harare International
Conference Centre (HICC) should have handed them over to Zanu-PF
not to the MDC, Tendai Pamire, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission
(ZEC) deputy director of public relations said at the Harare Magistrates’
This was said
in court today by Pamire during cross examination by Alec Muchadehama,
the defence counsel of Senator Morgen Komichi, the MDC deputy national
is on trial facing false charges of contravening the Electoral
Act after he handed over to ZEC officials an envelope with marked
why the person who picked the ballot papers had decided to hand
them over to Senator Komichi instead of handing them over to Zanu-PF,
or ZEC, which have offices closer to the HICC.
person who picked up the ballots wanted to hand them over to a political
party and not the police or ZEC, why did the person not go to Zanu-PF,
which is closer to the HICC than Harvest House?” said Pamire.
was pointed out to him by the defence counsel that it was impossible
and not logical for that person to do so as the ballot papers were
marked in favour of the MDC and President Tsvangirai.
The ballot papers
belonged to a police officer, Mugove Chiginya who was supposed to
his vote during the special voting exercise on July 14 and 15.
However, the papers were found dumped in a dustbin at the Harare
International Conference Centre (HICC).
officials were shocked as the security at the HICC was tight. We
were shocked because with that security we could not imagine that
a bin full of ballots could be found,” said Pamire.
The trial continues
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