Komichi’s trial resumes

The trial of MDC-T Deputy National Chairman, Morgan Komichi, resumed today at the Harare Magistrates Courts with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s Deputy Chief Elections Officer, Utoile Silaigwana, revealing he had not received reports from his officers that there were some ballots missing after the special voting process.

The special voting process kicked off from July 14-15.

Allegations against Komichi are that in July, he misrepresented to ZEC that he had picked a sealed tamper-proof envelope with a special vote ballot paper from a dust bin at a Harare hotel.

He allegedly approached ZEC’s command centre and alleged that an unnamed person informed him he had picked up the envelope from the bin.

Komichi further alleged that he had opened it out of curiosity and discovered that there were ballot papers whose votes were cast in his party’s favour.

According to the State, Komichi’s conduct was in violation of the country’s electoral laws.

Silaigwana told the Court during cross examination with Komichi’s lawyer, Alec Muchadehama, that he was not sure if the stray ballots were genuine, adding that they might have not been transported to a polling station as they did not have the polling officer’s secret mark.

He said information pertaining to the booklets from which the ballot papers in question were taken could best be obtained from the person who was in charge of the special voting process.

Silaigwana also told the court he was not so privy to election management as it was a new field to him after having been employed by the Zimbabwe National Army, from which he joined the ZEC.

The trial continues tomorrow.

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