Ballot papers arrive

BALLOT papers for this year’s general elections yesterday arrived Zambia from Dubai where they were printed and handed over to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) in readiness for the verification exercise which starts today.

And various political parties participating in this year’s election have described the printing and ferrying of the ballot papers to Zambia as transparent, saying they were happy with the way ECZ has handled the electoral process so far.

The first consignment consisting of 150 pallets of ballot papers from Dubai arrived in the country slightly at 14:15 aboard the Etihad Cargo A6-DOE plane while the second bunch consisting of 189 pallets arrived at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) at 18:25.

ECZ officials received the ballot papers while members from the nine political parties participating in this year’s elections and representatives from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) witnessed the arrival and offloading of the key elections materials..

ECZ chairperson Essau Chulu described the process as transparent as all the political parties were represented during the printing of the ballot papers in Dubai as well as witnessing their arrival in the country.

He said political parties would have an opportunity to verify the ballot papers today to ascertain their validity after a stakeholders’ meeting slated for the Mulungushi International Conference Centre.

“This process is transparent. We have nine candidates in the presidential race and these nine political parties sent their party agents to Dubai to witness the printing of the ballot papers and the party agents will be coming back to Zambia on Saturday. Two of our officers have arrived this afternoon just slightly ahead of the cargo plane which you have just seen carrying a consignment of 150 pallets of ballot papers.

Meanwhile various political parties described the printing and ferrying of the ballot papers to Zambia as transparent.

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