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’ Courts.
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 chairperson.
Senator Komichi is on trial facing false charges of contravening the Electoral Act after he handed over to ZEC officials an envelope with marked ballot papers.
Pamire queried 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.
“If the 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.
However, it 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 have cast his vote during the special voting exercise on July 14 and 15. However, the papers were found dumped in a dust bin at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC).
“The ZEC 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 tomorrow.