The ruling PF has called on Zambians to ignore sentiments by some stakeholders that the PF intends to rig this year’s elections by printing ballot papers in Dubai.
The ruling PF was responding to Veteran Politician Vernon Mwaanga who has advised election stakeholders to verify facts that the Dubai-based firm which the Electoral Commission of Zambia has decided to award a tender for the printing of ballot papers for the August polls is the same company that printed ballots for the controversial Uganda elections in February this year.
PF Information Committee Member Sunday Chanda says the sentiments attributed to Dr. Mwaanga are calculated at discrediting the electoral process as it pertains to the 11th August 2016 election.
Mr. Chanda says the script to discredit the result of 11th August 2016 is informed by the cartel’s realisation that no Opposition Party has come of age to dislodge PF from power.
He says the ruling party refuses to believe that Dr. Mwaanga is an expert in rigging detection or the rigging process itself unless he wants the people of Zambia to believe otherwise.
He adds that the UPND to which Dr. Mwaanga is aligned is not in the frame of mind to concede defeat once they once again loose the general elections.
And Zambian Voice has released the statement below on the ballot papers printing
The Zambian Voice
Press Statement on Printing of Ballot papers
16th April, 2016
We are very concerned with the speculations and innuendos, by various stakeholders, that Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) may have an ulterior motives by awarding a Dubai-based Al Ghurair Printing Company to print ballot papers.
Some people have been quoted alleging, that, the said company printed pre-marked ballot papers in the last Ugandan elections.
Such speculations and allegations have a potential to put Zambia in turmoil because the forthcoming elections of 11th August 2016 are seemingly tightly contested and the emotions of political players are high.
It must be borne in the minds of all stakeholders that ECZ has a constitutional mandate to organise and conduct elections in a transparent, free and fair manner independently, without undue influence from any stakeholders.
The attacks on ECZ without substantiated facts borders on interference in the running of an independent body, which is not acceptable from any stakeholder including the ruling party Patriotic Front (PF).
We would like to urge all those stakeholders with facts of malpractices in the awarding of the Dubai company to bring evidence other than putting out speculations alarming the nation unnecessarily.
If it is the issue of cost, let those stakeholders provide credible alternatives meeting ECZ specifications.
We urge all Zambians, especially senior citizens, to be responsible in their statements concerning the forthcoming elections otherwise they are spelling danger for our nation.
The Zambian Voice