MDC Alliance Chief Election’s officer Morgen Komichi was on Friday convicted and fined $200 for contravening the Electoral Act which criminalises interrupting, obstructing or disturbing proceedings related to the announcement of the results.
Harare magistrate Elisha Singano sentenced him to five months in prison, three of which were suspended on condition of good behavior and the remaining two were wholly suspended on condition that he pays $200 fine.
The party president Nelson Chamisa and Douglass Mwonzora were in court in solidarity with their deputy president during the handing down of the sentence.
Komichi was represented by Obey Shava, a lawyer with Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights and the state was represented by Michael Reza.
Reza proved that on August 2 Komichi was at Harare International Conference Centre waiting for announcement of the 2018 poll results by Zimbabwe Electoral commission (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.
Komichi said the results were flawed because MDC Alliance election agents were not asked to verify them. Komichi 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 agents.”