State closes its case on contested Mt Pleasant parliament case

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The State has closed its case against Mt Pleasant legislator Samuel Banda who allegedly falsified his home address during electoral registration to enable him to represent the constituency.

The State has closed its case against Mt Pleasant legislator Samuel Banda who allegedly falsified his home address during electoral registration to enable him to represent the constituency.

The State led evidence from witnesses and one Warship Dumba accused the MDC Alliance of rigging elections by having non- members of constituencies campaigning for top posts without being residents.

Banda who is being represented by Job Sikhala did not make an application for discharge at the close of the State’s case as he intends to make his defence.

Banda is facing charges of contravening the Electoral Act before Harare Magistrate Learnmore Mapiye.

Allegations are that sometime last year, during the national biometric voter registration exercise, Banda misrepresented to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) that he resided at number 34 Waller Avenue, Mt Pleasant, Harare in order for him to register as a voter in that constituency when in actual fact he did not reside there.

The State alleges that Banda went on to depose an affidavit of residence for voter registration to ZEC commissioner of oath, purporting to be residing at that address.

It is further alleged that Banda was subsequently registered as a voter in Mt Pleasant constituency where he contested for the House of Assembly seat and eventually won.