VETERAN politician Vernon Mwaanga has failed to substatiate his claims that the presidential and parliamentary ballot pappers for the February Ugandan general elections were printed in Dubai and that some of them were pre-marked and ended in the wrong hands.
And Dr Mwaanga has predicted that the August 11th general elections is going to be a two-way horse race between the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) and the United Party for National Development (UPND).
Meanwhile, Dr Mwaanga has advised political parties to stop claiming victory before the elections were conducted declaring that no election in the world was won until after the last ballot had been counted. He said although there
was a Ramadan of discontent among Zambians which should be adressed, no political party should claim victory before the last ballot was counted because such attitudes triggered politicial and refusal to accept the outcome of the elections.
Dr Mwaanga yesterday could not emphatically state whether the key voting materials for the Ugandan general elections in February this year were printed by Alghurari Printing and Publishing House, a Dubai-based comapny.
Instead, his comment on the matter was that there was need to verify reports that the ballots for the Uganda general elections could have been printed in Dubai.
Speaking when he featured on Radio Pheonix “Let the people talk programme” yesterday, Dr Mwaanga said he did not claim that the Ugandan ballot papers for the February general elections were printed in Dubai.
Dr Mwaanga was quoted by the Post Newspaper last week that it was a fact that the Alghurairi Printing and Publishing House was the same company which printed ballot papers for the Uganda 2016 elections.
He was also quoted as having said that the ballot papers for the Ugandan general elections landed in the wrong hands and that some of the ballot papers were allegedly pre-marked.
Dr Mwanga said: “It is a fact that the Alghurairi Pringing and Publishing Plc is the same company which printed ballot papers for the Uganda 2016 elections which landed in the wrong hands in Uganda just before the elections amid allegations by opposition parties and civil society organisations that the Government of President Yoweri Museveni kept printing additional papers. Some of the ballot papers were pre-marked in favour of Museveni according to testmony which was presented in court when Museveni’s re-election was challenged by opposition parties.”
But yesterday when asked by callers on the programme to substatiate his claims, Dr Mwaanga said he had only advised stakeholders to countercheck and ascertain whether Alghurari Printing and Publishing House was the one that printed the ballot papers for the general elections in Uganda.
“My comment in my statement was not that the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) should not print the ballots in Dubai but that stakeholders should verify if that was the company that printed the ballot papers for the Ugandan general elections.
Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirates and does not hold elections. Why then print ballots in a country where there are no elections. The bidding process for the ballot papers is different from any other because it involves more than 15 million Zambians,” Dr Mwaanga said.
He said the 2015 presiodential election was the closest in the history of the country and that the PF and the UPND had remained the leading political parties and that each of the two political parties should desist from declaring itself victorious before the elections.