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Government Printers readies for ballot printing

ELECTORAL Commission of Zambia returning officer Elister Hanzinji showing a copy of the paper ballot paper to political party representative during the verification exercise in Livingstone on Wednesday. PICTURE: NANCY MWAPE.

KELVIN CHONGO, Lusaka
MINISTER of Works and Supply Yamfwa Mukanga says 90 percent of works at Government Printing Department in readiness for the printing of ballot papers has been done.
“This means that the Government Printing Department is almost ready to print ballot papers for any election, including the forthcoming presidential and general elections,” he said.
Mr Mukanga, however, said it is up to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to decide whether or not it wants to print the ballots at the government facility or in South Africa.
“It is ECZ’s decision to use the facility or not to print ballots for this year’s presidential and general elections while looking at the ability and capacity of the printing company,” he said.
Mr Mukanga said work has been done on the printing facility and that installation of new printing equipment and security CCTV cameras has been done.
Mr Mukanga said it is not  Government’s responsibility to decide whether the printing of ballot papers for this year’s general elections must be done by the Government Printing Department.
ECZ recently said it would consider printing ballot papers for the 2016 general elections in Zambia.
ECZ director Priscilla Isaac said on ‘Let the People Talk’ programme on Radio Phoenix that the commission would consider printing ballot papers at Government Printing Department in Lusaka if all logistics were put in place.
Ms Isaac also said ECZ could print ballot papers at the company if it meets all the requirements of security, adequacy, equipment and specifications and that this can be done if all the stakeholders allow it.
She, however, said that this is an important issue because some stakeholders do not have faith in Zambian institutions.



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