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Government Printers could print ballots

MUKANGA

LINDA NYONDO, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT is working on ensuring that the printing of ballot papers for the 2016 general elections is done by the Government Printing Department.
Minister of Works and Supply Yamfwa Mukanga said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday the Government Printing Department has already procured a printing machine which has capacity to print ballot papers.
He said, however, that the printing of ballot papers at the Government Printers can only be permitted if the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) approves of the facility.
“ECZ has to confirm whether the machine that has been installed at Government printers has the capacity to meet the requirements to print the ballot papers,” Mr Mukanga said.
Last year, the ECZ published advertisements inviting bidders for the printing of ballot papers for the 2016 general elections.
A source says Government Printers submitted its bid through the Ministry of Works and Supply.
The source said the machine at the Government Printing Department has not yet been fully installed as the institution is waiting for a few more imported components.
The source added that once the components are installed, the machine will be one of the best in southern Africa with the capacity to print ballot papers for Zambia and its neighbouring countries.
“Once the machine is fully functional, the Government Printing Department will be able to print ballot papers within a space of one week,” the source said.

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