Green Party nods Dubai ballot printing process

GREEN Party president Peter Sinkamba has said his party has no reason to suspect malpractices in the printing process of ballot papers in Dubai.

Mr Sinkamba has also said his party has no reason to suspect any foul play by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and Government at the point of printing.

The Green Party president said Thomson Luzendi, the party’s representaive who witnessed the printing of ballot papers in Dubai, informed him that there was no reason for the party to suspect malpractice in the printing process of ballot papers in Dubai.

“As you know the ballot papers for the August 11 election arrived in the country on Thursday and the information we have received from our representative is that there is no reason for the party to suspect malpractice in the printing process of ballot papers in Dubai.

“Mr Luzendi also said there was no reason for the party to suspect foul play by ECZ and Government at the point of printing. We also received information that the quantities of the dispatched ballot papers were intact. We will just follow the verification exercise which will start from today (yesterday) to next week Friday, ” Mr Sinkamba said.

He, however, urged the ECZ to maintain the highest level of integrity when dispatching and transporting the ballot papers to polling stations as well as the results, at both polling
stations and totaling centres.

Mr Sinkamba appealed to his colleagues in the race, especially the PF candidate Edgar Lungu and UPND candidate Hakainde Hichilema, to come out clear to Zambians that they would concede defeat if they lose the August 11 elections.

He said any of the two presidential candidates who will lose the
August 11 elections should be ready to concede defeat and preach peace and unity in diversity.

“Statements from any political leader which aim at inciting violence in the country are abhorable. So if President Lungu loses the August 11 elections, he should concede defeat and if Mr Hichilema loses the elections, he should also concede defeat.

“We need peace and unity in diversity. Elections are not a matter of life and death. It is just a democratic way of electing leaders,” he said.

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