August polls ballot papers almost ready

 August polls ballot papers almost ready

By MAIMBO MWEEMBA
The company Al-Ghurair contracted to print the ballots says it is in the process of packing the ballot papers and other election materials, according to constituencies, as ballots for the August 12 polls are expected to start arriving in the country this Wednesday, July, 28, 2021.

The company is expected to conclude the dispatch of all the ballot papers by the end of this week.

And, ECZ Chief Electoral Officer, Patrick Nshindano says the commission has taken measures to ensure only candidates, who win are declared as so.

He said all materials for the August 12 polls, will have additional security features, in order to dispel myths and accusations of vote rigging

“Once the ballot papers arrive in Zambia, political parties must ensure they take down the serial numbers on the boxes and pass them on to their polling agents for reconciliation at polling stations, election materials will be tailored to each of the 12-thousand 1-hundred and 52 polling stations countrywide,” he said.

He added that the GEN-20 form, which is a security document, used by presiding officers to record and announce election results, has added security features to guard against duplication.

Mr Nshindano was speaking in in Dubai yesterday, when he addressed stakeholders, monitoring the packing of ballot papers and other election materials.