MDC chair arrested for interrupting announcement of ZEC results


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Movement for Democratic Change chair Morgen Komichi has been arrested for interrupting the announcement of presidential election results on 2 August.

Zimbabwe lawyers for Human Rights said Komichi, who is represented by Jeremiah Bamu and Obey Shava, was charged with contravening section 186 of the Electoral Act after he allegedly interrupted, obstructed and disturbed proceedings related to the announcement of the results of the 2018 harmonised elections at the ZEC Command Centre in Harare.

Police said Komichi interrupted the electoral process by uttering a statement which reads: “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 and we are the polling agents, we have not done that. The polling agents verified the results from……. The presidential results are constituency based results and the constituency results have not been announced and not verified. We held a meeting today with the CEO and we agreed on the process and the process was not followed. Thank you very much we have our position.”

ZLHR said Komichi is detained at the Law and Order Section at Harare Central Police Station and awaits to appear in court for formal remand proceedings.

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