MDC Alliance Chief Elections officer Morgen Komichi has given notice for application of discharge at the close of the State’s case.
The State led by Michael Reza brought in its final witness, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s Acting Chief Elections officer Utloile Silaigwana who reiterated the same stunts that was said by previous witness that Komichi had no powers to announce elections.
“Election results are only announced by the commission and no one else has the right to announce them. We invited Komichi together with other elections officers from other political parties to verify the results and there was an agreement that they could not therefore announce the results before the commission had done so.
“After I was notified of what he had done which happened during the break, I made a police report leading to his arrest.”
Komichi who is being represented by Obey Shava and Admire Rubaya then notified the court that on January 14, he will make a submission of his application for discharge at the close of the State’s case.
The court will make a ruling on January 21.
Komichi is being charged with contravening 186 of the Electoral Act which criminalises interrupting, obstructing or disturbing proceedings related to the announcement of the results.
Allegations are that on August 2 Komichi was at Harare International Conference Centre waiting for announcement of the 2018 poll results by Zec.
During a short break by the commission Komichi went to the podium reserved for Zec commissioners and grabbed the microphone before announcing that MDC Alliance disputed the election results while proceedings were being live-streamed.
It was alleged that Komichi said the results were flawed because MDC Alliance election agents were not asked to verify them. Komichi is alleged to have interrupted the electoral process by saying: “I did not sign those results, so the results are fake. The results have just been printed and they have not been verified by the polling agents.”