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THE last batch of ballot papers that remained for corrections at Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing Company of Dubai arrived in Lusaka yesterday. International observers and party officials were on hand to receive the election material at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. PICTURE: BRIAN MALAMA

MPs ballots printing done

PRINTING of ballot papers for next month’s general election has entered day 16 with voting slips for parliamentary and mayoral and council chairperson candidates now completed. Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) senior electoral officer Anna Nkaka announced the development here yesterday during an update briefing. The completion of the National Assembly and mayoral/council chairperson ballot papers adds to the presidential ones whose printing finished last Thursday.
“As of today, July 19, 2021, we have reached 100 percent in printing of National Assembly ballot papers as well as those of the mayoral and council chairperson positions,” Ms Nkaka said. She said the ballot papers still being printed are those for local government candidates, which are at 79 percent. “As for the local government ballot papers, we are now at 79 percent and the process is still ongoing,” Ms Nkaka said. The overall printing of the four types of election materials is now 95 percent complete.
Ms Nkaka also said printing of the braille jacket, a template which will be used by the visually impaired when voting, has also been completed. The printing process started on July 3 by Al Ghurair Publishing and Printing Company and is expected to finish by July 31. And ECZ says the council chairperson elections for Lusangazi district in Eastern Province will not take place on August 12 following the death of Patriotic Front (PF) candidate William Banda on July 17. ECZ commissioner Ali Simwinga said such an election will be held in CLICK TO READ MORE