Political parties in Zambia on Thursday rejected plans by the country’s electoral body to print ballot papers in Dubai for the 2021 general elections.
The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) announced that ballot papers for the 2021 elections will be printed in Dubai.
This was against the electoral body’s earlier statement that the ballot papers will be printed locally.
“As a platform for political parties in Zambia whose constituent members are directly affected by this pronouncement, we are extremely concerned that ECZ has not adequately consulted and therefore it will have a negative bearing on the 2021 general elections,” Elizabeth Chitika, ZCID Spokesperson said in a release.
According to her, the decision by the electoral body to print ballot papers outside has the capacity to inflame tensions and mistrust and further intoxicate the political atmosphere in the country.
The electoral body has since been urged to suspend the tendering process of printing ballot papers until concerns of stakeholders have been dealt with satisfactorily.
Zambia will go for elections next year to choose a president, lawmakers and councilors. The last elections held in 2016 saw President Edgar Lungu and the governing Patriotic Front emerging victorious. Enditem