Ballot papers for the January 20 presidential elections have been dispatched to Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg in readiness for transportation to Zambia.
The ballot paper printing exercise, which started on December 28, 2014, was completed yesterday by a Johannesburg based company, Ren-Form.
This morning, representatives of political parties, civil society and faith based organisations and Electoral Commission of Zambia officials led by Commission chairperson Ireen Mambilima witnessed the dispatching process.
The ballot papers, which are packed in 150 pallets for all the constituencies, will be airlifted to Lusaka on Saturday by a chartered cargo plane.
And representatives of political parties have expressed satisfaction with the monitoring process and the workmanship exhibited by the printing company.
In an interview, Dr. Peter Machungwa of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) said monitoring of the printing process by all the political parties went on well.
“We have been here as political parties and civil society organisations to monitor the printing of ballot papers and I must say everything went well. We have been monitoring as a team,” he said.
Dr. Machungwa has since commended the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) for picking on Ren-Form printing company to print the ballot papers.
“I must say the printer has done a very good and personally I am satisfied with the work they have done,” he said.
Juliet Chileshe, a representative of the Fourth Revolution Party, also echoed Dr. Machungwa’s sentiments saying she was happy with the whole process.
Eleven candidates are contesting the presidential election which fell vacant after the death of President Michael Sata in October last year.
The political parties participating in the presidential poll include the United National Independence Party (UNIP), the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD), the United Party for National Development (UPND), Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD), ruling Patriotic Front (PF) and the National Restoration Party (NAREP).
Others are the Heritage Party (HP), Fourth Revolution, Forum for Democratic Alternatives (FDA), Christian Democratic Party CDP) and Green Party.