Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Chishimba Kambwili has said that the impression created by the oppostion that the PF Government made the decision to print Ballot papers in Dubai is wrong.
In a statement released to the media, Mr Kambwili, who is also Government Chief Spokesperson, said that Electoral Commision independently made the decision as an autonomous body whose decisions are not amenable to influence from the Executive.
Below is the full statement
Government would like to correct the impression being created by the opposition in The Post that it has made a decision to print ballot papers for this year’s presidential and general elections in Dubai.
Government would like to put it on record that it does not run the operations of the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) who are mandated to print ballot papers.
The ECZ is an autonomous body whose decisions are not amenable to influence from the Executive, and they make independent decisions as enshrined in the Republican Constitution.
The allegations by the opposition are patently false, completely devoid of the truth, and should be dismissed with the contempt they deserve.
Government is concerned that the opposition have taken to uttering misleading statements aimed at pitting the citizens against their Government and that some of these opposition leaders are experienced people who have served in Government before.
In particular, Government is disappointed that former chairman of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Mr Charles Milupi is the source of such misleading statements.
While Government welcomes debate on any important national issue, Government expects constructive discourse and not unfounded claims by the opposition whose sole purpose is to alarm citizens.
It is clear from the allegations being peddled by the opposition that they would like to use these falsehoods to dispute the outcome of elections on August 11, 2016.
Government would like to advise the media outlets to exercise caution and avoid inflammatory statements which have the potential to cause chaos.
Hon. Chishimba Kambwili, MP
MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTNG SERVICES AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON
13th April, 2016